Many may think of claret cup as just another spiny desert plant. When not in bloom, this evergreen is somewhat unremarkable, but in the spring, it transforms itself into a showstopper when dozens of deep scarlet red blooms cover the stems. As one may guess, the plant’s spines detract deer and rabbits, but the hummingbirds love the nectar, which sits deep inside the corolla at the flower’s base. Cactus flowers bloom from late March through late May, most peaking in mid-April.
Hiking Sun Mountain or Sierra Del Norte are the perfect ways to experience the red, pink and yellow flowers that spring in Santa Fe bring forth.
Few would say that Santa Fe is “for the birds” but if birds could talk, more than a few
would say they were “for “Santa Fe. The city is a great place for birds and birdwatchers!
With the advent of spring, American Robins can be seen in large numbers, cavorting in
birdbaths around the city. The distinctively colored Northern Flickers and Ladder-backed
Woodpeckers are easy to spot this time of year, as are mountain and western bluebirds,
Dark-eyed Juncos, and the ubiquitous crows. Join Santa Fe Footprints to learn more
about Santa Fe’s winged visitors, and where you might go to see-do-learn even more!