Plant of the Month

/Plant of the Month

Read in depth descriptive articles about plants that grow well in the Santa Fe area. Learn about plant diversity growing around you! More plant of the month articles available here

1 Jul, 2015

JULY : sulphur flower : Eriogonum umbellatum

Scientific name:  Eriogonum umbellatum Eriogonum umbellatum in mid summer (Photo by Janice Tucker) Common name: sulphur flower Plant Family:  Polygonaceae - buckwheat Text and Photos by Janice Tucker The Eriogonum umbellatum (sulphur flower) may grow low to the ground but it is impossible to ignore. The extroverted, bright yellow or red-orange flowers, swaying [...]

1 Jun, 2015

JUNE : ‘Radiant’ crabapple : Malus × ‘Radiant’

Scientific name:  Malus × ‘Radiant’ Family: Roseaceae Common name:  ‘Radiant’ crabapple Article by Jeanne Gozigian One of the lovely, spring flowering trees in the Goede Family Orchard at the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill is the 'Radiant' crabapple.  Its broad, rounded crown sports greenish purple leaves alongside the deep red buds; as the buds open to [...]

1 May, 2015

MAY : Wooly speedwell : Veronica pectinata

Scientific name: Veronica pectinata Common name: wooly speedwell Family: Plantaginaceae - Plantain Photo by Meredith Yue Article by Susan Bruneni One of the featured selections at this year’s Santa Fe Botanical Garden plant sale is Veronica pectinata, or wooly speedwell. Examples of all plants featured at the sale are growing at Botanical Garden sites, [...]

1 Apr, 2015

APRIL : ART’S SEEDLESS™ desert willow : desert willow

Scientific name: Chilopsis linearis ART’S SEEDLESS ™ Common name: ART’S SEEDLESS™ desert willow, desert catalpa Plant Family: Bignoniaceae- Catalpa Article and photos by Janice Tucker Lagniappe (lanny-yap) – A little something extra. Trees with showy flowers could be called “lagniappe trees” because in addition to shade, vertical interest and texture, they give the garden that little something [...]

1 Mar, 2015

MARCH : Fernbursh : Chamaebatiaria millefolium

Scientific name: Chamaebatiaria millefolium Fernbush flowers (photo by Janice Tucker) Common names: fernbush or desert sweet Family:  Rosaceae By Jeanne Gozigian The alternate common name of fernbush, desert sweet, gives away the fact that this member of the Rose family is sweetly aromatic.  Chamaebatiaria is a monotypic genus of shrub, meaning that is [...]

1 Feb, 2015

FEBRUARY : Giant sacaton : Sporobolus wrightii

Scientific name:  Sporobolus wrightii Common name: giant sacaton, big sacaton Plant Family:  Poaceae Article by Susan Bruneni Sporobolus wrightii (Giant Sacaton) by Janice Tucker Giant sacaton (Sporobolus wrightii) has become a popular feature in drought-tolerant gardens in the Southwest and is readily available to gardeners. Giant sacaton  produces showy, feathery floral spikes in [...]

1 Jan, 2015

JANUARY : Fringed sage : Artemisia frigida

Scientific Name: Artemisia frigida Common Name:  Fringed sage (or sagebush), Silky wormword, Prairie sagewort, Arctic sage Artemisia frigida, Fringed sage (Photo by Janice Tucker) Plant Family:  Asteraceae – Aster By Janice Tucker In addition to the bright flowers and showy shrubs, there are plants that enhance and tie everything together to make a [...]

1 Dec, 2014

DECEMBER : Rosemary : Rosemarinus officinalis

Scientific name: Rosemarinus officinalis Common name: Rosemary Family:  Lamiaceae (Mint) Rosemary, an evergreen shrub often sold at Christmas time, sometimes as a small Christmas tree substitute. Photo by Jeanne Gozigian. Article by Jeanne Gozigian “Are you going to Scarborough Faire? Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Remember me to the one who lives there, She once [...]

1 Nov, 2014

NOVEMBER : Hollyhock : Alcea rosea

Photo: Janice Tucker Scientific name: Alcea rosea Common name: Hollyhock Family: Malvaceae Article by Susan Bruneni Photos by Janice Tucker The image of vibrantly colored hollyhocks, adobe walls and bright blue skies is a distinct characteristic of northern New Mexico today. But the scene has been the same since the earliest Spanish settlers planted [...]

1 Oct, 2014

OCTOBER : Sedum ‘Angelina’ : Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’

Scientific name: Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ Synonym: Sedum reflexum ‘Angelina’ Common names: Sedum ‘Angelina’, Stonecrop, Rocky Stonecrop, Love Links Plant Family:  Crassulaceae (Stonecrop) Article and photos by Janice Tucker “Color it autumn” is the best way to describe the foliage of the Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ this time of the year.  It is attractive, hardy, drought tolerant, low [...]