Every Plant and Rock Holds the Secret of Desert Wildflowers

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In the desert there are secret treasures waiting to be discovered like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Tucked away between mysterious geologic formations and barrel cactus the sunbaked hills tell the secret of desert wildflowers if you listen closely.

barrel cactus also tell us the secret of desert wildflowers

It’s a best kept secret that only the locals – such as the lizards and crooked-spine Yucca can tell.

A wildflower is “A flower of an uncultivated variety or a flower growing freely without human intervention.” By this definition, every plant in the desert should be a wildflower.

every plant tells the story of desert wildlife

How these delicate creatures thrive among scorched rocks and bleached sand with barely a drop of water each year is a mystery. It’s no wonder that a Superbloom can unleash millions of seeds lying dormant for years.

Indian paintbrush tells the secret of desert wildflowers

If you take the time to stoop low enough to see eye-to-eye with these silent beauties you will hear them say: we wish to live another day just to sizzle with the sun.

Desert mallow tells the secret of desert wildflowers

 Have you seen this pot of gold? It is far more precious than a room full of gold bars or highly valued currency.

Desert gold tells the secret of desert wildflowers

Muted earthy tones contrast with vibrant colors that flash like Las Vegas lights.

secret of desert wildflowers

Once bloomed and baked, desert wildflowers become ghostly wisps the color of sepia and ivory. Delicately suspended and facing the sun, they wait to be delivered to the heavens.

secret of desert wildflowers

These precious beings will turn their souls inside out to share their secret of desert wildflowers. It is the warmth of the sun, breath of the sky, rocks and dirt, and few drops of water now and then. It is a simple cycle forever in the here and now. Bloom, bake, return and repeat.

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Author: Kathryn Thomsen

Founder of Hundredgivers, a nonprofit supporting and accelerating sustainability initiatives benefiting local and global communities. In addition to social entrepreneur, Kathryn is a consultant, researcher, writer, communicator and urban farmer. She collaborates with individuals, organizations, and businesses to evaluate and develop climate change, clean energy, and sustainability strategies and programs.


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