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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 : Sedum ‘Angelina’ : Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’

Scientific name: Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’

Synonym: Sedum reflexum ‘Angelina’

Common names: Sedum ‘Angelina’, Stonecrop, Rocky Stonecrop, Love Links Plant Family:  Crassulaceae (Stonecrop) Article and photos by Janice Tucker “Color it autumn” is the best way to describe the foliage of the Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ this time of the year.  It is attractive, hardy, Read more »

October 1, 2014, Plant of the Month

SEPTEMBER : Beardtongue : Penstemon species

The genus Penstemon Including the pink balloon flower (Penstemon palmeri), Rocky Mountain penstemon (Penstemon strictus) Plant family: Plantaginaceae Article by Jeanne Gozigian Penstemon are fascinating plants, so much so that there is an American Penstemon Society that is devoted to them.  They are called beardtongues, because of the presence of the staminode, a Read more »

September 1, 2014, Plant of the Month

AUGUST : Scarlet globemallow : Sphaeralcea coccinea

Scientific name: Sphaeralcea coccinea Common name  Scarlet globemallow Family: Malvaceae Article by Susan Bruneni The small, orangish blooms and grayish foliage of the scarlet globemallow hold a unique spot in history. It is reportedly the last plant specimen collected by Meriwether Lewis on the Lewis and Clark expedition. The original specimen is on display at Read more »

August 1, 2014, Plant of the Month

JULY : Clematis species and cultivars : Clematis spp.

Clematis species and cultivars Common names:  Clematis, Traveller’s Joy, Virgin’s Bower, Old Man’s Beard, Leather Flower, Vase Vine Plant Family:  Ranunculus (Ranunculaceae) By Janice Tucker Special thanks to Rosemary Minard for providing sources and access to her beautiful garden. Also special thanks to Helen Woody for her proofreading skills. When viewing a garden, our instincts Read more »

July 1, 2014, Plant of the Month

JUNE : English Lavender : Lavandula angustifolia

Scientific name: Lavandula angustifolia Common name: English Lavender Plant Family:  Mint  (Lamiaceae) Article by Jeanne Gozigian “Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly, lavender’s green…”, so goes the song and nursery rhyme, which originated in a bawdy, 17th century English folk song, called “Diddle Diddle!  This much beloved favorite of Santa Fe gardeners indeed has flowers ranging from Read more »

June 1, 2014, Plant of the Month

MAY : Frikart’s aster : Aster × frikartii ‘Monch’

Scientific name:  Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’ Common names: Frikart’s or ‘Monch’ aster Family: Asteraceae Article by Susan Bruneni Everyone knows and loves the seasonal native asters that bloom freely around Santa Fe. In late summer and fall, asters provide a massive show of lavenders, purples and golds. And baby asters are among the first to Read more »

May 1, 2014, Plant of the Month

APRIL : Apple Blossom : Malus domestica

Scientific name: Malus domestica Common name: Apple Blossom Plant Family:  Rose (Rosaceae) By Janice Tucker with thanks to Barbara Goede for sharing her knowledge and notes, which contributed to this article. The Rose family (Rosaceae) should be knighted as the plant family of beauty and bounty. It encompasses genera that produce gorgeous flowers and prolific fruit, Read more »

April 1, 2014, Plant of the Month

MARCH : Julia Child™ Rose : Rosa ‘Julia Child’

Scientific name (Genus): Rosa

Cultivar: WEKvossutono

Trademark name: Julia Child™

Common names:  Julia Child™ Rose, Julia Child Floribunda Rose

Plant Family: Rosaceae

Article by Susan Bruneni

One of the most striking roses at Museum Hill is the ‘WEKvossutono’, or Julia Child Floribunda Rose. Its vibrant ruffled blooms can best be described as buttery yellow Read more »

March 1, 2014, Plant of the Month

FEBRUARY : Milkweed : Asclepias species

Scientific (genus) name: Asclepias Common name: Milkweed Plant Family: Apocynaceae – Dogbane (Formerly Asclepiadaceae (Milkweed) Family Article by Janice Tucker The Milkweeds are disappearing. Monarch butterflies are in trouble. The Milkweed’s habitats are disappearing, which threatens the monarch butterfly’s existence because it is the only host plant for the monarchs’ larvae. Building developments, roadside construction Read more »

February 1, 2014, Plant of the Month

JANUARY : Whipple’s cholla : Cylindropuntia whipplei ‘Snow Leopard’

Scientific name: Cylindropuntia whipplei ‘Snow Leopard’ Common Names: Snow Leopard Cholla, Whipple’s Cholla Family: Cactaceae  Article by Susan Bruneni Of the more than 20 species of cholla found in the American Southwest, The Snow Leopard or Whipple’s cholla is among the most suitable for home gardens. It is one of several cholla species planted at Santa Read more »

January 1, 2014, Plant of the Month

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