I agree wholeheartedly with Sierra Club founder John Muir.
We were fortunate to take our trip when the desert was in bloom. Here are some of the plants that we saw...
Apache plume. Thanks to Turtlerangler for the ID!
These water lilies (the only plants I can positively ID for you here,) were in a man-made pond up by the visitor's center.
Bougainvillea. Thanks to Angie for the ID!
Desert willow flower. Thanks to Turtlerangler for the ID!
Next post; Birds at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park