Beautiful pink Stachytarpheta flowers with a white throat and a purple ring above the throat of the flower

Sometimes my wife and I take long walks and photograph plants. Most Colombians are very friendly and it is not unusual for people to invite us to look at their backyard, or offer us seeds or cuttings, and give us more of this and more of that and before you know it we have to return home to unload. Yet, at the same time most commercial places will prevent you from taking photos of or on their property. It is kind of silly because anyone who wants to could easily do so surreptitiously. The security guards think they are actually providing security chasing you down for photographing a plant or your wife at the mall. Security guard must be the number one occupation in Colombia. Almost every place has one or more. You go to the mall, they check your purse, go to the movies, they check you for weapons, go to a parking lot, they check your car for explosives. The only time I don´t get searched is when I leave Colombia. For some reason U.S. customs won´t search me.

This native plant has anti-inflammatory properties and attracts many butterflies. Photos taken in Barranquilla and the central Andes mountain range of Colombia (Cordillera Central).

Dark purple Stachytarpheta flowers with a touch of white near the throat of the flower
A spike of bright red flowers
A spike of purple stachytarpheta flowers in bright sunlight
A spike of dark and light pink flowers
Spikes of dark purple-blue stachytarpheta flowers
Wavy spikes of dark and light pink flowers
Spikes of dark purple-blue stachytarpheta flowers
A bush of red stachytarpheta flowers in a garden
A spike of dark red stachytarpheta flowers
Happy girl with sunglasses standing in front of a Stachytarpheta bush with purple flowers
Red and purple flowers of a Stachytarpheta shrub
Spike of stachytarpheta inflorescence with purple flowers