This photo was taken near Avondale, Arizona Oct. 2007. It is an unusually large specimen and is growing adjacent to a dry retention lagoon.
Close-up of a flowering head observed near the Salt River in Phoenix, Arizona, October 2009.
Many kinds of butterflies and and other insects will be found visiting the flowers, including Queen Butterfly, Cloudless Sulfur, Honey Bee, Long-horn Bee, Sweat Bee, Pipevine Swallowtail, Acmaeodera Beetles x2, and Leda Hairstreak Butterfly:
SHRUB : Shrubs mostly about a meter tall, sometimes two. Stems are green and rush-like especially following drought
periods when the leaves are shed.
Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family
For pollinators coming for a reward of nectar or pollen there are hazards: In this case a honeybee was snared by a crab spider (Photo by Allan Ostling).
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Plagens, page created 29 Nov. 2007,
updated 7 Nov. 2016.