Spring is a very special time in the desert Southwest. An astonishing variety of wildflowers, nurtured by the winter rains, can bloom in wondrous profusion and carpet the desert floor and mountainsides with glorious color. Indeed, thousands of visitors time their trips to the Southwest to coincide with wildflower season. In Wildflowers of the Desert Southwest, botanist and educator Meg Quinn identifies and describes more than eighty of the most common and showy species. Flowers are further arranged by color for ease of identification.