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 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
1 Sep, 2018

SEPTEMBER : Parry’s agave : Agave parryi


Scientific name: Agave parryi Common names: Parry’s agave, mescal agave Family: Asparagaceae, sub-family Agavoideae Photo by Jeanne Gozigian. Also mentioned: American century plant (Agave americana), monument plant (Frasera speciosa) Article by Jeanne Gozigian Look up in the sky!  It’s a bird, it’s a plane!  No, it’s a giant stalk of asparagus, reaching for the sky!  The [...]

SEPTEMBER : Parry’s agave : Agave parryi2018-09-12T11:12:17-06:00
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