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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, 2020

JULY : honeysuckle : Lonicera japonica


Scientific name: Lonicera japonica Suggested pronunciation: luh-NIS-er-a juh-PON-ih-kuh Cultivar: Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’ (hall-lee-AY-na) Common names: honeysuckle, Japanese honeysuckle, Hall’s honeysuckle, Hall’s Japanese honeysuckle, woodbine Family: Caprifoliaceae - honeysuckle. Suggested pronounciation: cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee USDA Zone: 4 - 9 (Santa Fe is in Zone 6B) Hall's honeysuckle at the entrance of Santa Fe Botanical Garden. Photo: Cristina Salvador [...]

JULY : honeysuckle : Lonicera japonica2020-06-29T15:36:41-06:00
1 Jun, 2020

JUNE : Pear species and cultivars : genus Pyrus


Scientific name: Pyrus communis Cultivars: ‘Harrow Delight’ and ‘Summercrisp’ Common names: ‘Harrow Delight’ pear and 'Summercrisp' pear Scientific name: Pyrus calleryana Common name: Callery pear Cultivar: ‘Bradford' Common name: 'Bradford' pear Family: Rosaceae Article by Jeanne Gozigian Pyrus communis 'Harrow Delight' pear flowers. Photo by Janice Tucker The glory of spring is, in part, [...]

JUNE : Pear species and cultivars : genus Pyrus2020-05-28T15:19:13-06:00
1 May, 2020

MAY : James’ beardtongue : Penstemon jamesii


Scientific name: Penstemon jamesii Benth. Common names: James' penstemon, James' beardtongue Plant Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain) A native evergreen perennial, Penstemon jamesii, will begin to bloom in May with medium to large, tube shaped, broad lavender or lavender-blue flowers with five lobes, or petals. Widespread across our state and easy to grow in your garden are some of [...]

MAY : James’ beardtongue : Penstemon jamesii2020-06-29T13:57:49-06:00
1 Apr, 2020

APRIL : golden bell : Forsythia species


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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