Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Ajo Lily

For Suzanne, an Ajo lily (Hesperocallis undulata):

(Not my photo.)

Some details: Grows in sandy or pebbly flats. Fragrant flowers are pollinated by hawkmoths. The Tohono O'odham eat the onion-flavored bulbs. Ajo means garlic in Spanish and the Arizona town, mountain range, and valley are named after this flower. A good place to find them is Organ Pipe National Monument in southwestern Arizona, as well as the Pinacate desert of northern Sonora, Mexico.

1 comment:

Suzanne said...


Wow, wow this is beautiful, Simmons. The foliage is amazing--part snake, part cactus. I love the pale stripe in the center of the petals. Thank you, thank you!


We are dry--the sun is out now after too much rain--and safe.