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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

31 Aug, 2019

SEPTEMBER : cowpen daisy : Verbesina encelioides


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


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


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 multiradiata2019-02-26T16:40:03-07:00
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. lanata2019-02-11T16:47:07-07:00
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 species2019-07-30T16:37:44-06:00
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 parviflora2018-12-11T13:38:27-07:00