Category Archives: Plant of the Month

Furman’s Red Salvia Greggii

Southwest Plant of the Month Furman’s Red Texas Sage Salvia Greggii A favorite of bee’s and hummingbirds, Salvia greggii cultivars, (Fuman’s Red) is one of many varieties of colorful and hardy salvia. Blooms in late spring and again in the fall – this variety of salvia covers itself in bright red flowers and holds a sweet aroma within its foliage. This is a drought resistant/drought tolerant (xeric) plant. Salvia (commonly referred to as ‘Sage’) represent a huge family of ornamental plants that attract a variety…

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Humulus lupulus var. Neomexicanus

Wild Hop- Humulus lupulus var. neomexicanus

-Southwest Plant of the Month Humulus lupulus var. Neomexicanus is a wild hop that is native to the streams and river areas of the New Mexico mountains and throughout the Western states region. Humulus (hops) belongs to the Cannabacea flowering family of plants that includes around 170 species grouped in about 11 genera that also includes its more famous cousin, Cannabis (hemp), as well as, Celtis (hackberries). Below, Sandoval County Master Gardener, Jim Dodson, son Aseph and daughter, Mary-Elizabeth, posing in front of some late…

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Desert Willow

Desert Willow- Chilopsis linearis

From the Catalpa family –Desert Willow Southwest Plant of the Month- Desert Willow- Chilopsis linearis This tree is called a “willow” because of how its leaves are shaped – however, it is a relative of the catalpa and can grow either into bushes or small trees. It is a deciduous tree with long narrow leaves from 6 to 12 inches long and the fruit of the tree look like long green “beans” which can grow to the length of the tree’s leaves. This New Mexico…

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Nolina microcarpa (Big Beargrass or Sacahuista)

Nolina microcarpa (Big Beargrass or Sacahuista)

Southwest Plant of the Month – December Nolina microcarpa (Big Beargrass or Sacahuista) A hardy native to the Southwest, the Big Bear Grass or Sacahuista is extremely useful for use in xeriscapes and in butterfly and songbird sanctuaries. This evergreen, grass-like succulent, blooms in early summer with tall spikes of tiny white flowers and requires little water to thrive as a drought resistant/drought tolerant plant. Visually, Beargrass is a clumping grass growing from underground stems. Narrow leaves have curly threads at the end of each…

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Wild zinnias growing in profusion near the Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo by Charlie McDonald.

Southwest Plant of the Month-Wild Zinnia

Wild zinnias growing in profusion near the Sandia Mountains east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Photo by Charlie McDonald. Native plants of the Southwest must withstand temperature variance, drought and high winds throughout the state. This hardy plant flourishes in the wild flourish in the wild and are essential additions to a xeriscape yard. These hardy plants grow in a low-lying, mounded shape and spread through a rhizome (tuberous roots) system creating a beautiful low-lying ground cover. Common Name Prairie Zinnia Botanical Name Zinnia grandiflora Zones…

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Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle fily) Mostly evergreen ornamental tree

Mexican Elder

SOUTHWEST PLANT  OF THE MONTH – October 2016 Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)Mostly evergreen ornamental tree/> Mexican Elder sambucus mexicana               Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family) Mostly evergreen ornamental tree HEIGHT: 10-15 feet but known to reach 35 feet SPREAD: 10-15 feet FINAL SPACING: 10-15 feet NATURAL HABITAT AND PREFERRED SITE: Fast growing trees and reach heights of around 20 feet in the desert Southwest. These small shade trees are great for patio gardens and Southwestern landscapes. IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION: Mexican elder is a…

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