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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

OCTOBER : Gambel oak : Quercus gambelii

Scientific name: Quercus gambelii Common name: Gambel oak Plant Family:  Fagaceae (Beech) Text and Photos by Janice Tucker New Mexico has wonderful native trees that do very well in the Northern New Mexico climate. These trees thrive in high altitudes and dry conditions, bringing beauty into our landscapes without nearly as much worry and maintenance as Read more »

October 1, 2015, Plant of the Month

SEPTEMBER : sweet briar rose : Rosa rubiginosa

Scientific Name: Rosa rubiginosa Synonym: Rosa eglanteria Family: Rosaceae Common Name: sweet briar rose or rose ‘Eglantine’ Article by Jeanne Gozigian Gertrude Stein famously said, “A rose is a rose is a rose.”  Ah, but the marvelous, beloved, diverse, and prolific Rose family is anything but that simple!  There are 100-150 species roses; that is, roses Read more »

September 1, 2015, Plant of the Month

AUGUST : Fendler’s sundrops : Oenothera hartwegii subsp. fendleri

Scientific name: Oenothera hartwegii subsp. fendleri Synonym: Calylophus serrulatus  Family: Onagraceae  (Evening Primrose) Common names Fendler’s sundrops, sundrops  Article by Susan Bruneni Sundrops are unique members of the evening primrose family (Onagraceae). They are a few of the more than 145 species that open blooms during the heat of the day. Others open their blooms Read more »

August 1, 2015, Plant of the Month

JULY : sulphur flower : Eriogonum umbellatum

Scientific name:  Eriogonum umbellatum Common name: sulphur flower Plant Family:  Polygonaceae – buckwheat Text and Photos by Janice Tucker The Eriogonum umbellatum (sulphur flower) may grow low to the ground but it is impossible to ignore. The extroverted, bright yellow or red-orange flowers, swaying atop tall, slender stems literally wave in the breeze to grab Read more »

July 1, 2015, Plant of the Month

JUNE : ‘Radiant’ crabapple : Malus × ‘Radiant’

Scientific name:  Malus × ‘Radiant’ Family: Roseaceae Common name:  ‘Radiant’ crabapple Article by Jeanne Gozigian One of the lovely, spring flowering trees in the Goede Family Orchard at the Botanical Garden at Museum Hill is the ‘Radiant’ crabapple.  Its broad, rounded crown sports greenish purple leaves alongside the deep red buds; as the buds open Read more »

June 1, 2015, Plant of the Month

MAY : Wooly speedwell : Veronica pectinata

Scientific name: Veronica pectinata Common name: wooly speedwell Family: Plantaginaceae – Plantain Article by Susan Bruneni One of the featured selections at this year’s Santa Fe Botanical Garden plant sale is Veronica pectinata, or wooly speedwell. Examples of all plants featured at the sale are growing at Botanical Garden sites, assuring that they are suitable Read more »

May 1, 2015, Plant of the Month

APRIL : ART’S SEEDLESS™ desert willow : desert willow

Scientific name: Chilopsis linearis ART’S SEEDLESS ™ Common name: ART’S SEEDLESS™ desert willow, desert catalpa Plant Family: Bignoniaceae- Catalpa Article and photos by Janice Tucker Lagniappe (lanny-yap) – A little something extra. Trees with showy flowers could be called “lagniappe trees” because in addition to shade, vertical interest and texture, they give the garden that little something Read more »

April 1, 2015, Plant of the Month

MARCH : Fernbursh : Chamaebatiaria millefolium

Scientific name: Chamaebatiaria millefolium Common names: fernbush or desert sweet Family:  Rosaceae By Jeanne Gozigian The alternate common name of fernbush, desert sweet, gives away the fact that this member of the Rose family is sweetly aromatic.  Chamaebatiaria is a monotypic genus of shrub, meaning that is the only representative of a genus containing just Read more »

March 1, 2015, Plant of the Month

FEBRUARY : Giant sacaton : Sporobolus wrightii

Scientific name:  Sporobolus wrightii Common name: giant sacaton, big sacaton Plant Family:  Poaceae Article by Susan Bruneni Giant sacaton (Sporobolus wrightii) has become a popular feature in drought-tolerant gardens in the Southwest and is readily available to gardeners. Giant sacaton  produces showy, feathery floral spikes in the late summer. Plants reach five to seven feet Read more »

February 1, 2015, Plant of the Month

JANUARY : Fringed sage : Artemisia frigida

Scientific Name: Artemisia frigida Common Name:  Fringed sage (or sagebush), Silky wormword, Prairie sagewort, Arctic sage Plant Family:  Asteraceae – Aster By Janice Tucker In addition to the bright flowers and showy shrubs, there are plants that enhance and tie everything together to make a garden pop. The Artemisia frigida belongs to the latter group. Read more »

January 1, 2015, Plant of the Month

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