New Mexico Wildflowers: Bignonias Family



Flowers are organized alphabetically by genus and species. Hover over a photo series to control the images.

Trumpet Creeper (Campsis radicans)

Trumpet creeper is very much a garden plant in Albuquerque, where it's more commonly referred to as trumpet vine. A few have escaped, including into the Rio Grande bosque.


Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)

Northern Catalpas are native to the eastern half of the United States. In Albuquerque they were introduced to provide both shade and flowers. A few have escaped into places that are moist enough to support them. My example of an escapee is in the Rio Grande Bosque near the National Hispanic Cultural Center.


Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis)

Desert Willows are not true willows. Instead they're related to catalpa trees.  They can be found in desert settings where moisture is concentrated. My July 2020 photos show desert willows that have established themselves in a storm water retention pond.