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.
Our desert is green, very green. The rains last night and this morning will keep it that way. What the flowers will do is hard to say. Early blooming Milk Vetch has been blooming for a couple of weeks.
The usually rare Yellow Evening Primroses are making quite a showing this year. These spectatular blossoms open at in the evening, bloom through the night so moths can pollinate them, and start to fade once the sun rises.