Sep 30 2014
In mid to late summer when I’m driving along some dry dusty mountain road I keep a sharp eye out for flowers. One of the late bloomers is the Blazing Star a member of the Loasa family. A multitude of fine stamens fill the center of the blossom bordered by five narrow petals. The pale yellow blossoms are set on top of light-green stems that resemble some form of thistle. A person has to stop and wonder how a flower as pretty as this can survive the harsh dry rocky environment found along roadsides and disturbed areas.