Unidentified small purple wildflower, Columbus NM, March 29, 2015

Feather Dalea

Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus NM

March 29, 2015

What is it?

To my surprise a quick search didn't turn up this wildflower. These small flowers are on numerous small shrubs on Cootes Hill here at Pancho Villa State Park. To give a sense of scale, the purple petals are about 1/4 inch long and the emroundish, fairly dense, shrubs are about a foot tall. I'll keep looking but if anyone knows what they are I'd appreciate a heads-up.

Evelyn Knows her Dalea Formosa

Thanks Evelyn!

Feather Dalea - Dalea Formosa

Common English Names: Feather Dalea, Feather Plume, Pea Bush, Plume Dalea

Common Spanish Names: Yerba De Alonso GarcĂ­a

Scientific Name: Dalea formosa (DAY-lee-uh for-MOW-suh)

Family: Fabaceae-Papilionoideae (Pea Family)

Geographic Range: Central, Panhandle, and western Texas; Oklahoma Panhandle; southern Colorado; southern Utah; through New Mexico, Arizona, Sonora, Chihuahua, and Coahuila, Mexico.

Plant Form: Semi-evergreen shrub, 3 x 3'.

Remarks: Low mounding shrub with divergent branching woody stems, tiny light green compound leaflets and small, bright violet flowers with yellow throats in 1" clusters. From March to September, small pea-like flowers display prominently plumose calyces and produce seeds that also have plumed tails that give a distinctive fuzzy/feathery appearance intermittently from March through September.

From: Chihuahuan Desert Plants, The University of Texas at El Paso: