Cone Flowers in the Morning

These Yerba Mansa (Anemopsis californica) are a wildflower in the Lizard-Tail family which bloom from May through August in moist alkaline soils of  northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. According to Spellenberg’s Sonoran Desert Wildflowers,  the indigenous people use the flower for medicinal purposes: as a tea for stomach ailments, as a salve for skin problems, in a poultice for wounds, and mixed with leather ashes, tobacco and fat for hemorrhoids! This is a pretty versatile little plant, but I just like it because it is kind of animated and cartoon-like.

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