Towards the end of January, we drove to a small parking area along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive to hike down the wash that leads to Horseshoe Canyon. I was so surprised to find some plants in bloom!! The above rock nettle was cascading down the canyon walls in drifts!
Of course, perhaps the most famous flowering perennial in Big Bend National Park is the Big Bend Bluebonnet – a common name for the plant Lupinus harvardii. Towards the end of January after some rain, this perennial started blooming in some warmer microclimates throughout the park.
Along the wash mixed in with the blue bonnets were numerous Desert Evening Primroses – Oenothera primiveris.
It was a sweet little walk along an unmarked trail. The canyon was unique with its unusually rough rock surface. We will need to go back and explore deeper into the canyon on another day! 🙂