This small and low to the ground plant is one of our first bloomers; you can often see filaree’s (Erodium cicutarium) tiny pink to purple flowers as early as February. After pollination, the flower will develop a long & slim seed pod that looks like a heron’s bill (which happens to be another common name of this plant). You can find this plant in open and dry gravelly areas within Red Rock Canyon, especially along hiking trails. Filaree actually comes from Europe and was introduced to the western U.S. as grazing food for cattle.

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