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, 2019

JULY : Rocky Mountain beeplant : Cleome serrulata


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
1 Jun, 2019

JUNE : cardinal flower : Lobelia cardinalis


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 [...]

JUNE : cardinal flower : Lobelia cardinalis2019-05-28T15:44:33-06:00
1 May, 2019

MAY : western sand cherry : Prunus pumila var. besseyi


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, [...]

MAY : western sand cherry : Prunus pumila var. besseyi2019-04-30T11:49:53-06:00
1 Apr, 2019

APRIL : Rocky Mountain penstemon : Penstemon strictus


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 [...]

APRIL : Rocky Mountain penstemon : Penstemon strictus2019-04-02T15:17:07-06:00
1 Mar, 2019

MARCH : desert marigold : Baileya multiradiata


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 [...]

MARCH : desert marigold : Baileya multiradiata2019-02-26T16:40:03-06:00
1 Feb, 2019

FEBRUARY : winterfat : Krascheninnikovia ceratoides subsp. lanata


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 [...]

FEBRUARY : winterfat : Krascheninnikovia ceratoides subsp. lanata2019-02-11T16:47:07-06:00
1 Jan, 2019

JANUARY : globemallow : Sphaeralcea species


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’ [...]

JANUARY : globemallow : Sphaeralcea species2019-01-02T12:38:36-06:00
1 Dec, 2018

DECEMBER : doubleclaw : Proboscidea parviflora


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 [...]

DECEMBER : doubleclaw : Proboscidea parviflora2018-12-11T13:38:27-06:00
1 Nov, 2018

NOVEMBER : alkali muhly : Muhlenbergia asperifolia


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 [...]

NOVEMBER : alkali muhly : Muhlenbergia asperifolia2018-10-26T12:41:10-06:00
1 Oct, 2018

OCTOBER : hens and chicks : Sempervivum species


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 [...]

OCTOBER : hens and chicks : Sempervivum species2018-10-23T18:05:29-06:00