Scientific name: Lobelia cardinalis Common name: cardinal flower Family: Campanulaceae Article by Jeanne Gozigian When I first started volunteering as a docent at the Leonora Curtain Natural History Area (now the Leonora Curtain Wetland Preserve, LCWP) outside of Santa Fe in La Cienega, New Mexico, our prize plant specimen was a lone cardinal flower. It [...]
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Scientific name: Prunus pumila var. besseyi Common name: western sand cherry Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family) Article by Susan Bruneni The western sand cherry, Prunus pumila var. besseyi, is native to Central and Western United States, and Central and Western Canada. Western sand cherries grow wild from Canada to Colorado and although it is technically exotic, [...]
Scientific name: Penstemon strictus Common names: Rocky Mountain penstemon, Rocky Mountain beardtongue, beardtongue Family scientific name: Plantaginaceae Family common name: plantain Article and photos by Janice Tucker Summer will soon come calling to Northern New Mexico, bringing with it a full complement of wildflowers that will grace the natural landscape and fill flower beds in [...]
Scientific name: Baileya multiradiata Common names: desert marigold, showy desert marigold, paper daisy, desert Baileya Family: Asteraceae Article by Jeanne Gozigian The one thing that you can be absolutely sure of in researching location and blooming periods of wildflowers, is that you can never be sure of any definitive conclusions! Around 1991, a group of [...]
Scientific Name: Krascheninnikovia ceratoides subsp. lanata Common names: winterfat, winter sage, white sage, lamb's tail Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) Article by Susan Bruneni SEINet Portal Network. 2019. Photo by Max Licher (CC BY-SA 3.0). Winterfat is just what its name says it is, a rich source of nutrients for livestock and wildlife during bleak [...]
Scientific name: Sphaeralcea species Common name: globemallow Family: Malvaceae -mal-VAY-see-eee. Common name: mallow Genus: Sphaeralcea - sfeer-AL-see-uh. Common name: globemallow Species featured: Sphaeralcea angustifolia - an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh. Common name: narrowleaf globemallow Sphaeralcea coccinea - kok-SIN-ee-uh. Common name: scarlet globemallow Sphaeralcea fendleri - FEND-ler-eye. Common name: Fendler’s globemallow Sphaeralcea ambigua ‘Louis Hamilton’ - am-bog-yoo-uh. Common name: ‘Louis Hamilton’ [...]
By Donita L. Frazier, DVM, PhD Creating the hardscape for Ojos y Manos Garden during winter 2016. Photo: Clayton Bass Cold winter mornings are the perfect times to dream about new garden projects. Hardscape projects and landscape cleanup are still possible in early winter when planting is no longer feasible. Recent catastrophic fires [...]
Scientific name: Proboscidea parviflora Common names: doubleclaw, devil’s claw, unicorn plant Family: Pedaliaceae (Sesame family, formerly Martyniaceae) Article by Jeanne Gozigian There is nothing that I love better than a good mystery! Curled up in my comfy recliner chair and covered with a fleece throw on a cold December day, with a Nero Wolfe by Rex Stout [...]
Scientific name: Muhlenbergia asperifolia Common name: alkali muhly Family: Poaceae Article by Susan Bruneni Muhlenbergia asperifolia (Photo by Janice Tucker) Visitors to Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve always marvel at the late summer and early fall color. This year many were displaying photos and raving about the showy pink grasses along the main path. Use of adjectives [...]
Scientific name: Sempervivum species, Sempervivum tectorum (sem-per-VEE-vum tek-TOR-um) Common names: hen and chicks, houseleek, devil’s beard, Thor’s beard, thunder plant, healing blade and numerous others Family: Crassulaceae - stonecrop (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) by Janice Tucker Hen and chicks at Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill. Photo credit: Janice Tucker. What’s in a name? No one [...]