"Death Valley has an unnecessarily unsavory reputation in the United States and Canada. Fans of the valley often face laughter and derision when they mention a recent visit to their favorite place.
"Who would want to spend time in a location that has such landmarks as Badwater, the Devil's Golf Course, the Funeral Mountains, Furnace Creek, Devil's Corn Field and Dante's View?
"The plant is called Arrowweed, even though it looks more like a small bush. This desert survivor has adapted to challenging conditions of blowing sand and soil erosion by growing in clumps. At some times of year, they look a little bit like corn shocks--or so some people say" (gocalifornia.about.com/od/cadeathvalley).