VERBENA a Borrego Desert fruit box label from the DiGiorgio Fruit Corporation, out of San Francisco, California. It features two varieties of wine grapes; The Borrego Desert is in far Southern California near the Mexican Border; famous for its desert flowers. 4 ½ x 13 inches. Custom framed in copper and glass. See also "Borrego", another DiGiorgio fruit crate label from the same California desert area. This piece is a unique way to decorate country kitchen collectible style. Verbena is a common name for some members of the Verbenaceae, a family of herbs, shrubs, and trees (often climbing forms) of warmer regions of the world. Well-known wild and cultivated members of the family include species of the shrubby Lantana and of Verbena; many species of both are native to the United States. Many cultivated verbenas (herbs or shrubs) have fragrant blossoms and leaves that are sometimes used as condiments or for distillation of oils or for tea, as are those of the similar lemon verbena ( Lippia citriodora ) of tropical America and Africa. Wild American species are more frequently called vervains. The European vervain ( V. officinalis ), now naturalized in the United States, was sacred to the Greeks, Romans, and Druids and is associated in Christian tradition with the Crucifixion. In the Doctrine of Signatures , its bright flowers were seen as an indication that the plant could cure eye problems. Plants of the genus Avicennia are a characteristic constituent of tropical mangrove vegetation. Economically, the most important member of the family is teak . The family is classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Lamiales. "Only California has a months-long flower festival tht rolls slowly northward 400 miles through our deserts. Starting in February, flower fanciers flock to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to take in the glory. The Anza-Borrego stretches from the San Bernardino County line to the Mexican border, and includes 500 miles of roads that wind past desert hills carpeted with flowers. But to really experience the blossoms, take a hike. Lazy flower fans can wander the desert flower garden near the visitors center. Those up for a longer walk should try the "Eden-like" Hellhole Canyon. Along the trail, you'll see"chia, with its small spheres of purple-blue," as well as "the fuzzy white popcorn flower." The trail passes two sets of waterfalls, each with a palm shaded oasis." L.A. TIMES 2005 With over 600,000 acres, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® is the largest desert state park in the contiguous United States. 500 miles of dirt roads, two huge wilderness areas (comprising 2/3 of the park) and 110 miles of riding and hiking trails provide visitors with an unparalleled opportunity to experience the wonders of the Colorado Desert. The park name is derived from a combination of the name of Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish word "borrego," referring to bighorn sheep. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as desert iguanas, chuckwallas and four species of rattlesnake. Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® is located on the eastern side of San Diego County, with portions extending east into Imperial County and north into Riverside County. It is about a two-hour drive from from San Diego, Riverside, and Palm Springs. Many visitors approach from the east or west via Highways S22 and 78. From the coast, these highways descend from the heights of the Peninsular range of mountains with spectacular views of the great bowl of the Colorado Desert. Highway S2 enters the park from the south off of Interstate 8. Wildflowers at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Updated April 2, 2005 The local valley areas are seeing a bloom of sand verbena take up the fields and byways as you travel along Borrego Valley Road to Henderson Canyon Road. There you will find the dune evening primrose and the desert sunflowers bringing more color. The winds are drying some of the flowers but many blooms, including the lupine, are standing tall against the blow. The display along the Montezuma Grade (S-22 west of town) is still bright with brittlebush, poppies, apricot mallow, varieties of lupine and phacelia. A walk around Culp Valley, at mile marker 9.2, will bring you up close and personal to rattlesnake weed, goldenfields, fiddleneck, varieties of forget-me-not, pygmy cedar and many others. S-3 just outside of town is showing many of the same displays as S-22 with the addition of desert lavender, bladderpod, chuparosa and the Freemont pincushion. The hillsides are covered in desert chicory, dandelions, and golden poppies. The junction with Hwy 78 and Plum Canyon are sporting the same varieties along with desert stars, white sage, whispering bells and chia. The whispering bells are evident, along with the phacelia, in many areas of the park especially in Mason Valley and the Vallecito area. The desert rock pea lines the roads as do the miniature lupine. On one of the passes, along with the apricot mallow, appeared a few Parish’s larkspur and rock dudleya. A walk at Box Canyon is the only way to see the wild hyacinth and rock dudleya at that location. Other good walks include Little Surprise Canyon, Plum Canyon and Culp Valley. As you drive along, look for the agave stalks which are rising in all the valleys and hillsides. They should be blooming in the next week or so. The cacti are also beginning to show their blooms in the Borrego Valley and also in the south sector of the park. Sweeney Pass and the Carrizo Badlands overlook continue to be resplendent in a variety of lupine, desert dandelion, freemont pincushion, wooly plantain and brittlebush. Look closely for the desert five spot and a white lupine. Some of the annuals are going to seed but the cactus, ocotillo, indigo bush and creosote are coming out in all their beauty.