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 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
1 Jul, 2017

JULY : wild four o’clock : Mirabilis multiflora


Scientific name: Mirabilis multiflora Mirabilis multiflora under a juniper (photo by Janice Tucker) Common names: wild four o’clock, Colorado four o’clock, showy four o’clock, desert four o’clock, Maravilla (Spanish) Plant Family: Nyctaginaceae – Four o’clock (pronounced: nyk-taj-i-NAY-see-ee) Article and photos by Janice Tucker The showy wild four o’clock (Mirabilis multiflora) is the essence [...]

JULY : wild four o’clock : Mirabilis multiflora2017-08-30T13:11:28-06:00
1 Jun, 2017

JUNE : cliff fendlerbush : Fendlera rupicola


Scientific name: Fendlera rupicola Fendera rupicola (photo by Jeanne Gozigian) Synonym: Fendlera rupicola var. falcate Common names: cliff fendlerbush, false mock-orange Plant family: Hydrangeaceae Article and photos by Jeanne Gozigian One of my early hiking/climbing adventures after moving to New Mexico in 1989, was a trek to a little known window rock, over hill, dale and cliff.  It [...]

JUNE : cliff fendlerbush : Fendlera rupicola2017-06-28T13:39:01-06:00
1 May, 2017

MAY : Common hop : Humulus lupulus var. neomexicanus


Scientific Name: Humulus lupulus var. neomexicanus Common Name: Common hop Family: Cannabaceae Article by Susan Bruneni Humulus lupulus (common hop) is a species of flowering plant in the Cannabaceae family, native to Europe, Western Asia and North America. It has been used for food and medicinal purposes for centuries and is a fundamental flavoring and preserving [...]

MAY : Common hop : Humulus lupulus var. neomexicanus2017-04-24T15:20:17-06:00
1 Apr, 2017

APRIL : Nolina species : Nolina microcarpa


Scientific name:  Nolina microcarpa, Nolina species Common names:  beargrass, sacahuista, palmilla, small-seed nolina Plant family:  Asparagaceae – asparagus USDA Zones 6b-10 Article and photos by Janice Tucker Looks can be deceiving. The species of the Nolina genus are living proof. But whether Nolinas are established in a garden or thriving in their native habitat, these [...]

APRIL : Nolina species : Nolina microcarpa2017-03-27T16:26:42-06:00
1 Mar, 2017

MARCH : Carnivorous plants


Article by Jeanne Gozigian Common name Botanical name Plant family Venus flytrap Dionaea muscipula Droseraceae American pitcher plant Sarracenia spp. Sarraceniaceae Bladderworts Utricularia spp. Lentibulariaceae Sundews Drosera spp. Droseraceae This Plant of the Month article should probably have been featured for the month of October and Halloween, as the subject is the mysterious [...]

MARCH : Carnivorous plants2017-02-22T11:57:10-06:00