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
Feather Dalea - Dalea Formosa
Common English Names: Feather Dalea, Feather Plume, Pea Bush, Plume Dalea
Common Spanish Names: Yerba De Alonso García
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: