James H. Schutte
Long prized in Mexico as an herb and medicinal plant, this weedy annual or short-lived perennial from tropical America is naturalized worldwide from the tropics to the temperate zones. Plants form clumps of erect, waist-high stems with alternate, oval, toothed leaves. Bruised leaves emit a pungent, disagreeable odor. In summer, long spikes of small greenish flowers appear at the stem tips and leaf axils. Tiny greenish single-seeded fruits follow the flowers. Plants readily self-sow.
(Jerusalem Oak Goosefoot)
Eurasian in origin, Jerusalem Oak Goosefoot is a dryland annual weed that has become naturalized across much of North America and Mexico. It is shrubby, has an open branched habit, and most favors sunny uplands where the ground has been disturbed.
Most Chenopodium species are field weeds, though a few are horticulturally useful. The genus is comprised of approximately 150 species of herbaceous plants, annuals and perennials that exist worldwide. They are commonly known as goosefoots...
An upright, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub or tree native to the deserts of Mexico and the southwestern United States, this willowy-leaved plant bears large, fragrant, tubular flowers from late spring until fall. The white, pink, or lavender flowers have yellow, purple-veined throats. Long bean-like pods follow the flowers. The long, green, narrow leaves drop in early fall. Many cultivars have been selected for flower color, habit, and other characteristics.
Desert willow is adapted to coarse,...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
(Bubba Desert Willow, Desert Willow)
Bubba desert willow is an upright, multi-stem, evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub or tree with a rounded to spreading crown. Leaves are green and narrow giving desert willow a slightly weeping habit. Flowers occur abundantly in summer and are tubular, showy, fragrant and dark pink with yellow throats. Bubba desert willow does not typically produce fruit pods.
Desert willow is native to the southwestern United States and Mexico where it is adapted to coarse, dry alkaline to acidic soils and full...
(Burgundy Desert Willow, Desert Willow)
Burgundy desert willow is an upright, multi-stem, evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub or tree with a rounded to spreading crown. Leaves are green and narrow giving desert willow a slightly weeping habit. Tubular burgundy flowers with yellow throats occur abundantly in summer and are showy and fragrant. These produce elongated fruit pods.
Desert willow is native to the southwestern United States and Mexico where it is adapted to coarse, dry alkaline to acidic soils and full sun. It is a colorful...
(Desert Willow, Lucretia Hamilton Desert Willow)
Lucretia Hamilton desert willow is an upright, multi-stem, evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub or tree with a rounded to spreading crown. It is slightly smaller than most desert willow selections. Leaves are green and narrow giving desert willow a slightly weeping habit. Tubular deep pink to purple flowers with yellow throats occur abundantly in summer and are showy and fragrant. These produce elongated fruit pods.
Desert willow is native to the southwestern United States and Mexico where it is...
(Spotted Pipsissewa , Spotted Wintergreen, Striped Prince's Pine)
A whorl of leaves with dark and light markings and a reddish stem topped by dangling white blossoms are but three characteristics of beauty for the spotted wintergreen. A wood-like perennial subshrub, it is very low growing with its stems usually hidden by leaf litter. It's native to dry acidic woodland soils of the eastern United States and Ontario, Canada, and isolated populations have been located in Arizona, Mexico and western Costa Rica.
The evergreen leaves are waxy and whorl around the...
(Red Tussock Grass)
A densely leafy evergreen plant, red tussock grass brings a a graceful spreading form with thin, coppery leaves to the landscape. A New Zealand native, it flowers on lightly weeping stems among or fully above the leaves in early summer, with the flowers sparsely spaced on short branches at the top of the flowers stems. It is mostly admired for the color of the leaves, which range from a metallic golden tan to a dramatic coppery red. In winter the leaves tend to be beige at their tips, with coppery...
(Mexican Orange, Mexican Orange Blossom, Mock Orange)
Sweet, citrusy-smelling white flowers adorn the branches of Mexican orange from very late winter to autumn. An evergreen subtropical shrub from the higher elevations of Mexico, it has glossy, compound foliage, each leaf composed of three, oval leaflets that are fragrant if crushed. In late winter, clusters of five-petaled white blossoms cover the plant, emitting an intoxicating fragrance like that of orange blossoms, and attracting honeybees. The first blooming season lasts for weeks, and then flowering...
James H. Schutte
(White Floss Silk Tree, White Silk Floss Tree)
This medium to large deciduous tree is distinguished by its swollen, prickly trunk and its large white late-season flowers. It is native to semi-arid lowlands of central South America.
The leaves of white silk floss tree are palmately compound, with five to seven leaflets arranged like fingers on a hand. In autumn and early winter, large, creamy-white flowers open, casting a light vanilla-like fragrance. Each flower has five wide-flaring petals and a pale yellow, cup-shaped throat. Pear-shaped...