Pomegranates are amazing shrubs for the desert (native to Iran). We've had one for 6 or 7 years and at times we've been really mean, by cutting off its water--sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Despite everything, it always looks great and has flowers and fruit after the summer/fall rains. This is a flower bud, the scarlet petals will pop out of the center in a few days. The calyx becomes the outside of the fruit. We have some nearly ripe fruit--can't wait to sample them.