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Trans-Pecos Sea-Lavender (Limonium limbatum)
The sprays (panicles) of tiny flowers feature purple petals emerging from white-tipped calyces, well above the few but large basal leaves. Trans-Pecos sea-lavender likes moist but saline spots. From the SEINET web page: "Found mostly in the southern, central, and eastern plains of New Mexico, it also grows in west Texas and in a few places in eastern Arizona. It is the only Limonium in New Mexico and Arizona." Fortunately for me, there are a couple of plants of this species at the RGNC.