Honeysuckle ROSE ?

Nope, not in any way is it related to Willie Nelson's
touring bus. This is the Desert Honeysuckle or
Anisacanthus thurberi
. It grows in the desert
mountains of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Northwest
Mexico. It has a habit of blooming several times in a
single year, with the peak bloom occurring in April.
Hummingbirds are attracted to its tubular orange to red
flowers. Carpenter bees may steal nectar by biting a
"slit" in the base of the flower. Its NECTAR is so
sweet ... I think it is probably even more sweeter than
a Snickers bar. And, even though its not related to
Willie Nelson's touring bus, it still deserves a spot
in the glorious southwestern scheme of things.

Hallelujah, brother!!! ~April 4, 2008~

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SoCalHiker

SoCalHiker - Apr 8, 2008 12:26 am - Voted 10/10

Great Colors!

Thanks for posting.

lcarreau

lcarreau - Apr 8, 2008 12:51 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Colors!

Thanks, good eyes! It's not in any way
related to Willie Nelson's touring bus.
It's just a flower growing in the desert.
- Larry

Lodewijk

Lodewijk - Apr 10, 2008 6:29 am - Voted 10/10

Colors!

wow Larry, those colours are amazing!

lcarreau

lcarreau - Apr 10, 2008 11:35 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Colors!

Hey, for some reason I thought you
were in Australia doing a 'walkabout.'
Yes, flowers in the desert can be a
surprise. My Mom had a different species
of Honeysuckle growing in her backyard
garden when I was a lad. Each spring, it
would attract an amazing number of
hummingbirds. There would be several
hummingbirds trying to pollinate a single
flower, and they would FIGHT over which
one would reach the NECTAR first. Amazing!
- Thank you, have a nice day ! - Larry

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