Cowboy’s Delight

Cowboy’s Delight

The Cowboy’s Delight flower… this might be the oddest common name for a flower. The scientific name is a mouth full, Spaheralcea Coccinea, so I guess Cowboy’s Delight it is. It sounds like something cowboys would have eaten for dessert. The Wild West’s version of Turkish delight.

In reality, the name is thought to have originated because of the way this gorgeous flower can bring color to otherwise desolate areas. It is a perennial flower that thrives in arid desert-like climates. I found this grouping in Arches National Park. Because these flowers do so well with little to no moisture they are a great plants for rock gardens in the arid southwestern United States.

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