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On the way up to the mine tailings, I cross a drainage with profuse desert-mallow blooms As I get closer to Butcher Knife Canyon, I note some piles of mine tailings on the hillside in the distanceThumbnailsAbove the piles of tailings at the Butcher Knife MineAs I get closer to Butcher Knife Canyon, I note some piles of mine tailings on the hillside in the distanceThumbnailsAbove the piles of tailings at the Butcher Knife MineAs I get closer to Butcher Knife Canyon, I note some piles of mine tailings on the hillside in the distanceThumbnailsAbove the piles of tailings at the Butcher Knife MineAs I get closer to Butcher Knife Canyon, I note some piles of mine tailings on the hillside in the distanceThumbnailsAbove the piles of tailings at the Butcher Knife MineAs I get closer to Butcher Knife Canyon, I note some piles of mine tailings on the hillside in the distanceThumbnailsAbove the piles of tailings at the Butcher Knife Mine

I don't think I've ever seen so many desert-mallow blooms at once. Often, these plants don't grow higher than a foot or so.

One exception is in my garden in San José where I planted one of these and it grew into a five-foot shrub, but it has more foliage and fewer flowers than the ones here.