Plant of the Month

Home/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 Apr, 2020

APRIL : golden bell : Forsythia species

2020-03-26T15:31:12-06:00

Scientific name: Forsythia species, Forsythia x intermedia Suggested pronunciation:  for-SITH-ee-aa  in-ter-MEE-dee-uh Common names:  Forsythia, golden bell, Easter tree Family:  Oleaceae - olive (suggested pronunciation: oh-lee-AY-see-ee) Forsythia in bloom. Photo by Janice Tucker. USDA Plant Zones 5-8 Text by Janice Tucker Photos by Janice Tucker and University of Minnesota Extension Most spring flowers arrive [...]

APRIL : golden bell : Forsythia species2020-03-26T15:31:12-06:00
1 Mar, 2020

MARCH : scarlet bugler : Penstemon barbatus

2020-02-26T15:14:12-07:00

Scientific name: Penstemon barbatus (Cav.) Roth Suggested pronunciation: "PEN-stem-on" "bar-BAY-tus" Family: Plantaginaceae (formerly Scrophulariaceae) Common names: scarlet bugler, St. Joseph’s staff, beard lip penstemon, plantain, figwort, twizzle scarlet Article by Jeanne Gozigian Photo by Joy Mandelbaum The Penstemon genus is plant species that has been moved from the family Scrophulariaceae to Plantaginaceae, just [...]

MARCH : scarlet bugler : Penstemon barbatus2020-02-26T15:14:12-07:00
1 Feb, 2020

FEBRUARY : ‘Indian Magic’ crabapple : Malus × ‘Indian Magic’

2020-01-31T22:08:07-07:00

Scientific Name: Malus × 'Indian Magic' Common name: 'Indian Magic' crabapple Family: Rosaceae (rose) Article by Susan Bruneni 'Indian Magic' crabapple (Photo by Cristina Salvador) The plant collections of Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill include two cultivars of ornamental crabapples: 'Radiant' (featured as the June 2015 Plant of the Month article) [...]

FEBRUARY : ‘Indian Magic’ crabapple : Malus × ‘Indian Magic’2020-01-31T22:08:07-07:00
1 Jan, 2020

JANUARY : Jupiter’s beard : Centranthus ruber

2020-01-02T09:29:58-07:00

Scientific name:  Centranthus ruber (pronounced sen-TRAN-thus  ROO-ber) Common names: Jupiter’s beard, red valerian, keys-to-heaven, kiss-me-quick Family name:  Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle)  (pronounced cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) Jupiter's Beard in full bloom. Photo by Janice Tucker. Article by Janice Tucker. Photos by: Janice Tucker and Sonny Tucker Wouldn’t it be great if there was a perennial with showy [...]

JANUARY : Jupiter’s beard : Centranthus ruber2020-01-02T09:29:58-07:00
1 Dec, 2019

DECEMBER : Siberian elm : Ulmus pumila

2019-12-04T13:35:48-07:00

Scientific name: Ulmus pumila Pronunciation: UL-mus pu-MIL-a Common names: Siberian elm, Asiatic elm, dwarf elm, but not Chinese elm (they are Ulmus parviflora) Family: Ulmaceae Article by Jeanne Gozigian Photo by John Hilty, Illinois Wildflowers Ah, Siberian elms, the trees I loved to hate! When I was the chair of the landscape committee [...]

DECEMBER : Siberian elm : Ulmus pumila2019-12-04T13:35:48-07:00
1 Nov, 2019

NOVEMBER : big sagebrush : Artemisia tridentata

2019-10-31T11:19:16-06:00

Scientific name: Artemisia tridentata Nutt. Common Name: big sagebrush, Great Basin sagebrush Family: Asteraceae (Aster Family) Article by Susan Bruneni The vast landscape of the American West is often portrayed in art forms with seas of big sagebrush. Artemsia tridentata has a native range that spans from the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico to coastal [...]

NOVEMBER : big sagebrush : Artemisia tridentata2019-10-31T11:19:16-06:00
1 Oct, 2019

OCTOBER : New England aster : Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

2019-09-26T19:23:43-06:00

Scientific name: Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (L.) G. L. Nesom Pronounced: sim-fy-oh- TRY-kum  NO-vee ANG-lee-a Synonym: Aster novae-angliae. Pronounced: ASS-ter  NO-vee ANG-lee-a Common names: New England aster, Michaelmas daisy (MI-kull-muhs), New England daisy, hairy Michaelmas daisy New England asters with bee. Photo: Janice Tucker Plant family: Asteraceae/Compositae (aster/composite). Pronounced: ass-ter-AY-see-ee/kom-POZ-ee-tay Article by Janice Tucker As [...]

OCTOBER : New England aster : Symphyotrichum novae-angliae2019-09-26T19:23:43-06:00
31 Aug, 2019

SEPTEMBER : cowpen daisy : Verbesina encelioides

2019-08-31T11:23:10-06:00

Scientific name: Verbesina encelioides Common names: cowpen daisy, golden crownbeard, butter daisy Family: Asteraceae (Compositae) Article by Jeanne Gozigian Close up of Verbesina encelioides (cowpen daisy) leaves and flowers. Photo by Janice Tucker. How could such a lovely daisy-like flower, known for its grand stands of golden/yellow blossoms and being a primary host [...]

SEPTEMBER : cowpen daisy : Verbesina encelioides2019-08-31T11:23:10-06:00
1 Aug, 2019

AUGUST : rubber rabbitbrush : Ericameria nauseosa

2019-07-30T16:55:38-06:00

Scientific name: Ericameria nauseosa (Pursh) G.L.Nesom & G.I.Baird Common names: rubber rabbitbrush, gray rabbitbrush, chamisa, chamiso Family: Asteraceae By Susan Bruneni Photo: Joy Mandelbaum A prominent feature in northern New Mexico landscapes is rubber rabbitbrush, locally known as chamisa. (Note: The common names chamisa or chamiso are used for a variety of desert [...]

AUGUST : rubber rabbitbrush : Ericameria nauseosa2019-07-30T16:55:38-06:00
1 Jul, 2019

JULY : Rocky Mountain beeplant : Cleome serrulata

2019-06-28T10:21:37-06:00

Scientific name: Cleome serrulata (Pursh) (klee-OH-me ser-yoo-LAY-tuh) Synonym: Peritoma serrulata (per-eye-TOH-muh) Common names: Rocky Mountain beeplant, bee plant, bee spider plant and others Plant family: Cleomaceae (spider plant) (klee-ohm-AY-see-ee) Other Plant families mentioned:  Capparaceae (caper) (kap-ar-AY-see-ee), Brassicaceae (mustard)  (brass-ih-KAY-see-ee) Article and photos by Janice Tucker Rocky Mountain beeplant and other wildflowers in Arroyo de las [...]

JULY : Rocky Mountain beeplant : Cleome serrulata2019-06-28T10:21:37-06:00