When I was taking this photo in the mountains outside of Palm Springs, CA I noticed some flowers blooming at my feet. I got excited because I didn’t expect to see any flowers on the trip.
This is a plant that I have seen all my life. It reminds me of my ex-father-in-law who was a damned good naturalist. When it came to plants, he knew them cold and knew what family had how many stamens right down to the gnat’s ass. I seem to remember him calling this wild geranium, but that was a good 30 years ago so I had better track this down. I was having difficulty finding it, found myself visiting The Geranium Blog and was able to get some confidence that I might possibly know what the heck I’m talking about.
Having been put onto a path, I found this on Wikipedia. It looks like I’ve to my plant identified. Well, close enough, anyway.
In addition to the flowers and leaves, I have some other clues. Note the 4 and 6 above are found in my photos. The long seed pods burst open in a spiral when ripe. The spiral winds and unwinds with changes in humidity which help burry the seed into the ground. Pretty cool.
Be sure to visit Today’s Flowers this week.