These are the stories of a few of our desert fairies, with facts about their flowers and plants.
Golden Poppy Fairies
Meet our merry Golden Poppy Fairies, who make you fall in love with their joyous beauty every spring. They're really good at bringing a smile to every face!
Did you know that Golden Poppy is native to the Unites States? The one that you find in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, and in Sonora, Mexico, is known as Mexican Gold Poppy, while the one in California is simply called California Poppy. California is so proud of it that it was voted its Official State Flower. Different varieties of Golden Poppy are also spread throughout Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and New Mexico.
Golden Poppy blooms in spring, when its bright yellow or orange flowers add spectacular touches of color to any landscape. In summer, the flowers turn into small capsules filled with tiny dark seeds that spread on the ground to bring new plants in the following year.
The Native Americans used its leaves for healing purposes, and its pollen for beauty purposes. Its seeds are widely used in delicious foods and desserts!
Desert Star Fairy
Meet our dreamy Desert Star Fairy, who will make you daydream of the stars that shine at night upon the desert. Could you guess her favorite song? It’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, of course.
Desert Star, also known as Mojave Desert Star, is native to the Mojave Desert of California, and to the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. You can also find it in Sonora, Mexico.
It blooms in late winter and in spring, with beautiful white, or pink to lavender flowers. Desert Star was named after the shape of its flowers. Their rays around yellow disks make them look like little stars.
These delicate flowers open in the morning and close in the evening, bringing a touch of ethereal beauty to the desert landscape.
Our charming Ocotillo Fairies turn heads wherever you are in the desert, because they are the easiest to recognize. But make sure you don’t call them a cacti, otherwise you will be immediately asked to learn more about them!
Did you know that Ocotillo is native to the desert regions of America? You can find it in Arizona, Texas, California, and also in Mexico. It can grow as high as 20 feet, and can live over 100 years!
Even though it is a very spiny shrub, it is not a true cactus. In spring, it blooms in wonderful crimson clusters, and its flowers are loved by hummingbirds and carpenter bees.
Its fresh flowers make a delicious salad, or can be dried and used for herbal tea. Ocotillo makes a great fencing, because its spines stop people and animals from passing through.
Prickly Pear Cactus Fairies
Even if they lives in the desert, our fancy Prickly Pear Cactus Fairies just love to dress extravagantly in spring! They definitely sets the tone in desert fashion!
Did you know that Prickly Pear Cactus is native to the dry regions of the Americas? While the botanists call it Opuntia, it is also known as Indian Fig, Paddle Cactus, or Nopales.
This spectacular cactus grows in a bush that can reach up to 5 feet high and live up to 20 years! In spite of its sharp spines, it blooms with dazzling flowers in wonderful tones of yellow, orange, pink and red. When the blooms fade, they turn into red fruits called prickly pear, cactus pear or tuna.
Prickly Pear Cactus has been used by people since ancient times. Its pads, flower buds, fruit, and even seeds make delicious meals, while its sap has healing properties!
Make friends with the desert, and take home our precious Saguaro Babies. But don’t let them trick you. They is …75 years old! It’s true, it takes up to 75 years for a Saguaro to grow a side arm this big!
Did you know that Saguaro is a tree-sized cactus native to the Sonoran Desert of Arizona? You can also find it in California, and Sonora, Mexico. It is the largest cactus in the United States, one that can grow up to 60 feet tall, weight up to 4800 pounds, and live up to 200 years!
With its long sharp spines, Saguaro protects the home of birds that nest inside its holes. In late spring it blooms wonderful white flowers, which turn into red fruit by the end of the summer.
The Saguaro cactus is proudly protected in Arizona, where its blossom stands for the State Wildflower!
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