What is blooming in the high desert in and around California City for the Memorial Day weekend? More than you think. Sweet smelling Desert Senna is nearing the end but still putting on a show. California Buckwheat and a half dozen other buckwheats are in full bloom. Jimson Weed, also with a sweet perfume, is best seen in the morning or as the sun is setting. The Creosote bushes are sporting adorable, fuzzy seeds. There are other surprises, you just have to look.
It is very easy to tell male and female Hop-sages and Desert Hollies apart in the spring. Hop-sage is leafing and blooming prolificly this spring due to a well spaced, normal rainfall this past winter. The female flowers have green bracts that are on the tips of the stems that eventually turn a deep pink. The male flowers are small, yellowish with deep pink. They are pictured in the second photo.