On the recent day that I took them, just past the worst heat of the hottest summer on record, nothing else was blooming in such perfect form in my garden. Nothing else was even close. There were a few decrepit drought survivors trying to bloom, but they played second fiddle to this beauty. I know that I've written a tribute to this plant before, but witness again an opportunistic plant that deserves more than to be called "just another weed."
Perfect blooms in the heat of summer? Healthy blueish foliage during a drought? No pests? Nectar source for bees? Xeriscape worthy? Someone (maybe me?) should spend half a lifetime in a worthwhile manner trying to breed these weeds into a decent and refined garden plant. If this plant lost a few prickles and maybe gained some foliage density, gardeners would fall all over themselves trying to buy it. Imagine the possibilities if it could be developed with some color variety or variegated foliage. Why, it might even make the cover of Fine Gardening. Now that would be something.