If I had wobbled up any higher on that rocky slope I may or may have not fallen by a ragged rock flower. It ranges from 1,800 ft to 4,500 ft in elevation across southern Arizona. I found a wonderful line in the plant description found at the site SEINet; “An unassuming plant with attractive flowers, often growing in out of the way places.” Sweet….also some photos of Crossosoma bigelovii can be found at that site.
The photo used here is mine taken of Lucretia Breazeale Hamilton’s drawing in a favorite book of mine called Trees and Shrubs of the Southwestern Deserts by Benson and Darrow. It’s long ago out of print and, of course, some of the taxonomy is out dated, but it’s worth looking for if you’re a plant geek. Now you know.