We have had a great few weeks of monsoon rains and it seems like all of our plants are in bloom! Texas Rangers, Fairy Dusters, and Little Leaf Cordias are providing a rainbow of colorful flowers in our rain-soaked desert while succulents and cactus are absorbing as much water as possible to put on new growth. Seedlings and wildflowers are sprouting anywhere there is bare ground. Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies have all returned. It’s a great time to be a plant (and person) in the Sonoran Desert!
While we could choose a number of plants that look great during this time of year, this month we are focusing on the Indian Mallow – Abutilon palmeri. The Indian Mallow is native to the Southwestern United States and can be planted in full and reflected sun environments. It has soft, fuzzy leaves that are relatively large for desert plants, and its flowers are bright yellow and showy. This is a great plant to put in your rainwater harvesting basin and is a quick grower. Indian Mallow is available at many nurseries in the Tucson area, so plant one now to take full advantage of our humidity and moisture during the monsoon season!