Hello to all! I live in the Sonoran Desert (the 'burbs of Phoenix, AZ). Throughout my reading, I have found that a lot of the herbs, plants and trees listed in books are not to be found in the desert. I have really had to dig to find information. But, I did find a resource that lists the traits a plant, weed, etc has can help you determine its best uses. (i.e. white flowers, milky white sap = lunar properties).
Anyways, I was trimming my lantana bush and found the below pictured weed growing within. My lantana is dense and it was not noticeable until I was in it. So, intrigued with it, I dove into the bush and wrangled it out.
Not a great pic, but my first thought was it looked like a broom, and a Google pic search shows it is known as Desert Broom (ha!).
So, I plop down on the sidewalk for serious research and this weed has historical uses for medicinal use in teas and, you guessed it, brooms. And, a book “The Alchemy of the Desert”" by Cynthia Athina Kemp lists it’s properties to be helpful for procrastination, will, intention, apathy, and resolution to name a few.
Just this one weed led me to discover a book I definitely need to assist me on my future desert wildcrafting and, I believe, my first besom.
If there are any desert dwellers in the group, I’d LOVE to know what you know about the plant life here in AZ or your area and/or hope this info helps you!
Thank you for letting me vent about my find! Have a beautiful night