May’s theme is indeed a challenge. I have no garden in the Middle East and this arid region produces few wildflowers.
Trying to stay close to my present home in the Middle East for this month’s wildflower challenge, I’ve found one wildflower in 4 years! The Desert hyacinth or Orobanchacea (Broomrapes): Cistanche tubulosa. I’ve found this in wetlands and on the dune line behind the seashore, always growing in sand.
Succulents and scrub grow in the desert, some stunted trees, all grazing for camels.
Bizarrely, in South Oman, on the escarpment up near the Yemen border, during Khareef (monsoon) I found what I know as Shepherds purse, a common sight in the English countryside.
Desert melons are found during the winter months. Citrullus colocynthis, also known as bitter apple, gourd, desert cucumber or the Vine of Sodom, they are a splash of lemon and vivid green if you do find them in the desert. A very pleasing find amidst all that sand.
Here is a selection of wild growth in the desert region….
Joining into Jude’s monthly garden challenge May & wildflowers…. if you like flowers come and join in or drop and see what else has been found…