Cards by Margaret Pope
Margaret began drawing in the mid 1980’s after taking a course in scientific illustration at the University of Arizona. Because of her love of plants, particularly all succulents and plants native to the Sonoran Desert, she found that over time these plants became the main subject for her art. Cards are blank inside and include name of featured plant and plant description on the back of the card. Also includes a white envelope and comes in a plastic sleeve.
Chuparosa (Justicia californica): The deep red-orange tubular shaped flowers of the chuparosa are ideal hummingbird flowers. The Spanish verb chupar means "to suck" and refers to the hummingbird. The flower blooms on and off throughout the year. The light gray-green appearance of the stems is due to a covering of minute white hairs. This dense bushy shrub can grow up to 6 feet high and 4 feet wide. The yellow-green leaves are drought and cold deciduous. A native of the Sonoran Desert the chuparosa can be found at elevations from sea level to 2500 feet.
Mexican Gold Poppy (Eschscholtzia Mexicana): The Mexican gold poppy is one of the most showy desert spring annuals.In good years with abundance winter rainfall golden displays will blanket the desert. The 4 petals of the Mexican gold poppy form a cup 1 to 2 inches wide. At the base of each petal is an orange area that may be quite well defined. Pollinated by the tint blister beetle, the flowers grow individually on a long leafless stem and may begin to bloom as early as February. The blue-green stems and leaves along with the golden yellow flower make a striking color combination. The Mexican gold poppy grows in more arid regions than the similar and larger California poppy. It is found in the Mohave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan deserts.
Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii): The large white trumpet-shaped flowers of the perennial sacred datura bloom at night opening at dusk and closing in the morning. Their pollinator, the hawk moth, is attacted by the flowers' strong sweet fragrance. Blooming occurs during the warm months and is dependent on moisture. The large heart-shaped leaves are sticky and when crushed releases an unpleasant odor. The fruit is a large prickly round capsule. It spits apart to release it's seeds when mature. Every part of the sacred datura, also known as jimson weed, is toxic and can be lethal.