Category: Plants at a Glance

Apache Plume Shines in Desert Landscapes

Apache plume takes reflected drought and thrives on low water while covering itself with showy, feathery fruit.

By Joe Pearl After spending a few days in New Mexico for the annual balloon festival, I noticed Apache plume all over the valley. Seems like the landscapers in Albuquerque are quite fond of Fallugia paradoxa for landscape uses. Sadly,…

Plants at a Glance: Desert Cotton Delights

by Dr. Jacqueline A. Soule If you grew up in Arizona in the 1960s you learned that the state is renowned for “The Five C’s:” Climate, Cattle, Copper, Citrus, and Cotton. Since then, several million people have moved into the…

Orchid Tree Salutes Springtime

By Pete Duncombe Spring is an exciting time in the Gardens as the doldrums of winter are replaced by the emerging leaves and flowers in increasing abundance as the season progresses. One of the most striking signs of spring are…

Plants at a Glance: Indigobush

A back road trip through the Mojave Desert can be very time consuming, and I often remind myself that the purpose of the trip includes the journey as well as the destination. So many interesting things to catch my eye!…

Poa annua: A True Survivor

by David Kopec Annual bluegrass (Poa annua) is the most prevalent grassy weed in all turfgrass settings. In the last 50 years of turfgrass science, more studies have been conducted on how to control it than any other turfgrass weed.…

Relief for the Winter Blues: Shrubby Germander

by Russell Harrison Teucrium fruticans ‘Azurea’ – Shrubby Germander At this time of year, mid to late winter, most of us are pining for “flower” color in our gardens as we begin to plan and anticipate spring.   We have relied…