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 Aug, 2018

AUGUST : Faxon yucca : Yucca faxoniana


Scientific name: Yucca faxoniana Common name: Faxon yucca Plant family: Asparagaceae Article by Susan Bruneni Photos by Patrick Alexander, Botanist, Bureau of Land Management, Las Cruces District Office Yucca faxoniana in flower. Photo by Patrick Alexander, Botanist, Bureau of Land Management, Las Cruces District Office Yucca faxoniana is one of 49 species and 24 subspecies of Yucca in [...]

AUGUST : Faxon yucca : Yucca faxoniana2018-07-31T13:32:50-06:00
1 Jul, 2018

JULY : purple prairie clover : Dalea purpurea


Scientific Name:  Dalea purpurea Prairie purple clover flower close up (Dalea purpurea). Photo by Janice Tucker Common name: purple prairie clover Plant Family:  Fabaceae (bean) Article and photos by Janice Tucker The color purple arrived on the scene when cool, calm blue merged with warm, energetic red.  Even though delighted with the results, Mother [...]

JULY : purple prairie clover : Dalea purpurea2018-06-27T15:57:45-06:00
1 Jun, 2018

JUNE : yerba mansa : Anemopsis californica


Scientific name: Anemopsis californica Synonyms: A. californica var. subglabra Close-up of bloom, stem and leaves of yerba mansa (Anemopsis californica) at Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve by Janice Tucker. Common names: lizard’s tail, yerba mansa Family: Saururaceae (common name: Lizard’s tail) Article by Jeanne Gozigian During the Triassic Period, from two hundred and forty -three million [...]

JUNE : yerba mansa : Anemopsis californica2018-06-06T10:33:03-06:00
1 May, 2018

MAY : Lichens


For this month's "Plant of the Month" article, we'll be taking a closer look at a fascinating community of organisms that are living closely with plants throughout the ecosystem, however often overlooked - lichens. The following article describes how all lichens photosynthesize and like many plants, lichens depend on unique strategies to obtain the nutrients [...]

MAY : Lichens2018-04-26T12:43:34-06:00
1 Apr, 2018

APRIL : Utah serviceberry : Amelanchier utahensis


Scientific name: Amelanchier utahensis Common name: Utah serviceberry Plant Family:  Rosaceae - rose Text by Janice Tucker. Photographs by Janice Tucker, Tony Frates and David Salman A. Utahensis in Salt lake County Utah courtesy of SEINet Arizona New Mexico Chapter photo by Tony Frates There is no doubt that native flowering plants in [...]

APRIL : Utah serviceberry : Amelanchier utahensis2018-03-26T11:16:20-06:00
1 Mar, 2018

MARCH : prairie zinnia : Zinnia grandiflora


Scientific name: Zinnia grandiflora Synonym: Crassina grandiflora Common names: prairie zinnia, golden eye, plains zinnia, little golden zinnia, Rocky Mountain zinnia, yellow zinnia Family: Asteraceae (Compositae) Article by Jeanne Gozigian Zinnia grandiflora flower (Photo credit: Janice Tucker) We recently moved from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to a Del Webb 55+ community which is in Bernalillo, [...]

MARCH : prairie zinnia : Zinnia grandiflora2018-02-26T12:17:05-06:00
1 Feb, 2018

FEBRUARY : mosses : bryophytes


Scientific classification (Division): Bryophyta Common name: Mosses Article by Susan Bruneni Scientific Name: Warnstorfia exannulata (Schimp.) LoeskePhotographer: Biopix: JC Schou. Bryophyte, is the traditional name for any nonvascular seedless plant—namely, any of the mosses (division Bryophyta), hornworts (division Anthocerotophyta), and liverworts (division Marchantiophyta). Most bryophytes lack complex tissue organization, yet they show considerable [...]

FEBRUARY : mosses : bryophytes2018-01-30T14:14:03-06:00
1 Jan, 2018

JANUARY : prince’s plume : Stanleya pinnata


Scientific Name:  Stanleya pinnata Common Name:  prince’s plume, desert prince’s plume Plant Family:  Brassicaceae (formerly Cruciferae)/mustard Text by Janice Tucker Photos:  Al Schneider, Carl Troy, Janice Tucker Photo © Al Schneider Nature is tough. Since the beginning of time flora and fauna have demonstrated a stubborn determination to survive and thrive. While [...]

JANUARY : prince’s plume : Stanleya pinnata2017-12-22T15:43:33-06:00
1 Dec, 2017

DECEMBER : Indian ricegrass: Oryzopsis hymenoides


Scientific name: Oryzopsis hymenoides Synonyms: Achnatherum hymenoides, Stipa hymenoides Common names: Indian ricegrass, mountain ricegrass, arroz indio in Spanish, Indian millet Family: Poaceae *FYI: There is an ongoing debate among taxonomists as to which is the accepted scientific name. Time will tell. by Jeanne Gozigian Indian ricegrass (Photo: Janice Tucker) The beautiful, graceful Indian ricegrass is a favorite of mine.  [...]

DECEMBER : Indian ricegrass: Oryzopsis hymenoides2017-11-29T14:53:08-06:00
1 Nov, 2017

NOVEMBER : desert onion : Allium macropetulum


Scientific name: Allium macropetulum Common name: Desert onion, wild onion Family: Amaryllidaceae (formerly classified as Liliaceae) Article by Susan Bruneni Allium macropetaum by Al Schneider. Semi-desert. Openings. Spring.BLM lands south of Bloomfield, New Mexico, April 23, 2007. © Al Schneider Allium macropetalum, the desert onion, is a species of wild onion native to the [...]

NOVEMBER : desert onion : Allium macropetulum2017-10-29T19:42:42-06:00