I mentioned all the yellow flowers around Phoenix this time of year in my Old Yeller post. The royal color is also prominent now. The flowers on the bush above are a little past their prime but the bees still find them tasty.
The showiest of the purples are the jacaranda trees. Although they are not native to Arizona (but to Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), they grow very well here and you see them often. I’d really like to have one of these in our yard someday.
Their delicate tropical leaves are almost as pretty as their huge clusters of blooms.
And another unidentified (to me) bush rounds out this tribute to the color purple.
The actual color of Tyrian purple, the original color purple from which the name purple is derived, is the color of a dye made from a mollusc that in classical antiquity became a symbol of royalty because only the very wealthy could afford it. Therefore, Tyrian purple was also called imperial purple. (Wikipedia)