Over the years, I have paid attention to the "weeds" which volunteer in the landscape. Instead of pulling them with prejudice, I have begun to permit some of them to occupy their claimed space and I keep them un-molested (but give them no other special care).
Left alone, some of these "weeds" have interesting habits and beautiful displays of color.
Here is Baileya multiradiata. Commonly named Desert Marigold.
This dusky jewel is Machaeranthera tanacetifolia. Commonly named Tahoka Daisy.
Maybe someone can help me with this one. I've been scrounging and have had no luck as of yet. This treasure may be yet un-identified. ;)
The habit of this plant is to grow low to the ground but not in contact with the ground itself. The flowers are no larger than 2-3 mm in diameter to give an idea of scale. From a distance it is really un-remarkable and tends to blend right into the landscape. It attracts the most attention after a wind storms due to its tendency to attract debris - leaves, pine needles, trash, etc. :(
I just found it interesting and have fostered a few for kicks.