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Archive for February, 2009

Castilleja exserta – Purple Owl’s Clover

Posted by VT Jenny on February 21, 2009

Castilleja exserta – Purple Owl’s Clover

Size: 4-18″ tall annual
Flowers: Pink-purple blooms Deb – May
Site: Full sun, well drained soil
Uses: Mixed with other perennials, seasonal color
Foliage: Thread-like lobes
Native: Open areas CA to S. AZ, NW Mexico

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Penstemon parryi – Parry’s Penstemon

Posted by VT Jenny on February 19, 2009

Penstemon parryi – Parry’s Penstemon

Size: 1-4′ tall w/ flowering stalk and 1′ wide perennial
Flowers: hot pink blooms late Feb to April
Site: Full Sun to partial shade, well drained soil
Uses: mixed with other perennials, seasonal color, hummingbird garden.
Foliage: Smooth, bluish green, lance shaped broader at tip.
Native: Slopes and canyons in Southern AZ and Sonora, Mexico

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Penstemon eatonii – Firecracker Penstemon

Posted by VT Jenny on February 19, 2009

Penstemon eatonii – Firecracker Penstemon

Size: 1-4′ tall and 1′ wide perennial
Flowers: brilliant red blooms Feb – April and again in Fall
Site: Full sun to partial shade well drained soil
Uses: Mixed with other perennials, seasonal color, hummingbird garden
Foliage: Dark green, shiny lance shaped to ovate
Native: Rocky slopes eastern CA, southern UT, SW CO, NE NM, Arizona.

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Melocactus

Posted by VT Jenny on February 18, 2009

Melocactus matanzanus

Melocactus matanzanus - after flower before fruit

Melocactus matanzanus

Melocactus matanzans

Melocactus curvispinus

Melocactus curvispinus

Melocactus curvispinus

Melocactus curvispinus

Melocactus pachyacanthus
Melocactus pachyacanthus
Melocactus pachyacanthus

Melocactus pachyacanthus

Melocactus conoideus

Melocactus conoideus

Melocactus conoideus

Melocactus conoideus

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