The Filaree is a
of the Geranium Family. It grows to 15 inches in height and has dark green,
fern like leaves with toothed edges which grow to 4 inches in
width around the base of the plant. It typically grows in flat desert
areas and mesas at elevations below 7000 feet.
The Filaree is
not native to the Southwest, it is found in southern Europe and
was introduced by early Spanish settlers.
Filaree typically blooms between
February - July and produces a pinkish purple flower with 5 petals to
1/4 inch in width.