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, 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
1 Feb, 2017

FEBRUARY : Russian olive : Elaeagnus angustifolia


Scientific Name: Elaeagnus angustifolia Common name:Russian olive Plant Family: Elaeagnaceae Article by Susan Bruneni Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve in winter (photo by Carl Troy). On February 17, 2017, when Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve (LCWP) is included in the Great Backyard Bird Count* (more info following this article), participants will most likely be treated to [...]

FEBRUARY : Russian olive : Elaeagnus angustifolia2017-01-25T13:10:46-06:00
1 Jan, 2017

JANUARY : banana yucca, Spanish dagger: Yucca baccata and the Yucca species


Scientific Name: Yucca baccata and the Yucca species Common Names:  banana yucca, Spanish dagger Plant Family:  Asparagaceae – asparagus (recently in the Agavaceae family, which is now the sub-family Agavoideae of the Asparagaceae plant family) Article by Janice Tucker Photo credit: Carl Troy The presence of a Yucca in a New Mexico garden [...]

JANUARY : banana yucca, Spanish dagger: Yucca baccata and the Yucca species2017-01-10T11:48:44-06:00
1 Dec, 2016

DECEMBER : Winter bulbs : Hippeastrum & Narcissus


This month's article features two plants: Scientific name: Hippeastrum Common name: amaryllis Family: Amaryllidaceae Scientific name: Narcissus papyraceus Common name:  paperwhite Family: Amaryllidaceae Article by Jeanne Gozigian “Forcing” bulbs for winter indoor floral beauty can be a fun and easy project when outdoor gardening is under a layer of snow and all is a dreary brown in [...]

DECEMBER : Winter bulbs : Hippeastrum & Narcissus2017-01-10T11:48:55-06:00
1 Nov, 2016

NOVEMBER : Mountain mahogany : Cercocarpus montanus


Scientific name: Cercocarpus montanus Common name: mountain mahogany Plant family: Rosaceae Article by Susan Bruneni Mountain mahogany is a delightful feature of the new ethnobotanical gardens, Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands, and has been a useful plant in this area for centuries. The mountain mahogany is a shrub or small tree in the Rosaceae [...]

NOVEMBER : Mountain mahogany : Cercocarpus montanus2017-01-10T11:49:03-06:00