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 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
1 Oct, 2017

OCTOBER : Maximilian sunflower : Helianthus maximiliani


Scientific name: Helianthus maximiliani Common name: Maximilian sunflower Family: Asteraceae / Compositae - aster/composite Plant Zones 3 - 9 Text by Janice Tucker.  Photos by Janice Tucker and Sonny Tucker Maximillian sunflower in full bloom (Photo: Janice Tucker) Sunflowers! Those colorful precursors that herald the glorious autumn season! These popular flowers in the [...]

OCTOBER : Maximilian sunflower : Helianthus maximiliani2017-10-29T19:40:01-06:00
1 Sep, 2017

SEPTEMBER : mule’s ears : Scabrethia scabra


Scientific name: Scabrethia scabra Common name: mule’s ears Other plants mentioned: Wyethia arizonica and other species Family: Asteraceae Article by Jeanne Gozigian Scabrethia scabra (Photo: Cristina Salvador) I first met mule’s ears at my daughter and son-in-law’s property, a two -acre spread near Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  Coming from the East and familiar with [...]

SEPTEMBER : mule’s ears : Scabrethia scabra2017-08-30T15:25:57-06:00
1 Aug, 2017

AUGUST : oaks : Quercus species


Scientific name: Quercus gambelli Young Quercus buckleyi tree in Santa Fe Botanical Garden (Photo credit: Janice Tucker) Common name: Gambel oak Scientific name: Quercus muehlenbergii Common name: Chinkapin oak Scientific name: Quercus macrocarpa Common name: Bur oak Scientific name: Quercus buckleyi Common name: Texas red oak Family: Fagaceae (beech) Article by Susan Bruneni [...]

AUGUST : oaks : Quercus species2017-08-04T13:15:02-06:00