Friday, January 7, 2011

Desert Lavender – Follow Your Nose

Desert Lavender  IMG_1093Ever since we arrived in Borrego Springs there has been a pleasantly sweet, spicy scent in the air.  I could not figure out what it was until we went on the hike yesterday and read a plant marker.  Desert Lavender.  A floral scent with attitude.  It smells like “regular” lavender, but with a spicy undertone.   If you gently rub the leaves, it releases even more fragrance.  The flower blooms from October through May and attracts hundreds of bees.  We even figured out where the bees make their hives in the desert.  If you look closely at the picture on the right, you can see the yellow hive in the rocks.

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