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 Apr, 2017

APRIL : Nolina species : Nolina microcarpa

Scientific name:  Nolina microcarpa, Nolina species Common names:  beargrass, sacahuista, palmilla, small-seed nolina Plant family:  Asparagaceae – asparagus USDA Zones 6b-10 Article and photos by Janice Tucker Looks can be deceiving. The species of the Nolina genus are living proof. But whether Nolinas are established in a garden or thriving in their native habitat, these [...]

1 Mar, 2017

MARCH : Carnivorous plants

Article by Jeanne Gozigian Common name Botanical name Plant family Venus flytrap Dionaea muscipula Droseraceae American pitcher plant Sarracenia spp. Sarraceniaceae Bladderworts Utricularia spp. Lentibulariaceae Sundews Drosera spp. Droseraceae This Plant of the Month article should probably have been featured for the month of October and Halloween, as the subject is the mysterious [...]

1 Feb, 2017

FEBRUARY : Russian olive : Elaeagnus angustifolia

Scientific Name: Elaeagnus angustifolia Common name:Russian olive Plant Family: Elaeagnaceae Article by Susan Bruneni Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve in winter (photo by Carl Troy). On February 17, 2017, when Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve (LCWP) is included in the Great Backyard Bird Count* (more info following this article), participants will most likely be treated to [...]

1 Jan, 2017

JANUARY : banana yucca, Spanish dagger: Yucca baccata and the Yucca species

Scientific Name: Yucca baccata and the Yucca species Common Names:  banana yucca, Spanish dagger Plant Family:  Asparagaceae – asparagus (recently in the Agavaceae family, which is now the sub-family Agavoideae of the Asparagaceae plant family) Article by Janice Tucker Photo credit: Carl Troy The presence of a Yucca in a New Mexico garden [...]

1 Dec, 2016

DECEMBER : Winter bulbs : Hippeastrum & Narcissus

This month's article features two plants: Scientific name: Hippeastrum Common name: amaryllis Family: Amaryllidaceae Scientific name: Narcissus papyraceus Common name:  paperwhite Family: Amaryllidaceae Article by Jeanne Gozigian “Forcing” bulbs for winter indoor floral beauty can be a fun and easy project when outdoor gardening is under a layer of snow and all is a dreary brown in [...]

1 Nov, 2016

NOVEMBER : Mountain mahogany : Cercocarpus montanus

Scientific name: Cercocarpus montanus Common name: mountain mahogany Plant family: Rosaceae Article by Susan Bruneni Mountain mahogany is a delightful feature of the new ethnobotanical gardens, Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands, and has been a useful plant in this area for centuries. The mountain mahogany is a shrub or small tree in the Rosaceae [...]

1 Oct, 2016

OCTOBER : muhly grass ‘Autumn Embers’ : Muhlenbergia reverchonii ‘Autumn Embers’

Scientific name: Muhlenbergia reverchonii ‘Autumn Embers’ Common name: ‘Autumn Embers’ muhly grass Plant Family:  Poaceae - Grass Article and photos by Janice Tucker Muhlenbergia reverchonii 'Autumn Embers' (Photo credit: Janice Tucker) The ‘Autumn Embers’ muhly grass (Muhlenbergia reverchonii ‘Autumn Embers’) is truly a plant for all seasons. As the earth begins to warm, signaling [...]

1 Sep, 2016

SEPTEMBER : ‘Pat Austin’ rose : Rosa ‘Pat Austin’

Scientific name: Rosa ‘Pat Austin’ Common name: 'Pat Austin' rose Family: Rosaceae Cultivar: AUSmum Trademark name: Pat Austin™ Article by Jeanne Gozigian One of the spectacular roses at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill is the 'Pat Austin' rose.  It is a medium sized shrub rose which can be a short climber.  Its arching glossy foliage [...]

1 Aug, 2016

AUGUST : Field bindweed : Convolvulus arvensis

Scientific Name: Convolvulus arvensis Convolvulus arvensis photo by Patrick J. Alexander, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database Common name: Field bindweed Family:  Convolvulaceae - morning glory Article by Susan Bruneni The delicate pink and white flowers along the sidewalk at Geneveva Chavez Community Center seem like charming wildflowers, but beneath their innocent appearance lurks [...]

1 Jul, 2016

JULY : Salvia spp. : Salvia

Scientific names (common names) Salvia species (salvia, sage) Salvia greggii ‘Furman’s Red’ (Furman’s red autumn sage) Salvia darcyi ‘Pscarl’ VERMILION BLUFFS (Vermilion Bluffs Mexican sage) Plant family:  Lamiaceae – mint Sphinx moth on Mojave sage (Photo by Janice Tucker) Article and photos by Janice Tucker We celebrate the joy of gardening by [...]