Category Archives: medicinal plants

Colorado Four O’clock (Mirabilis multoflora)

Colorado Four O’clock is one of my prettiest wildflowers. It usually starts by July, but it’s bloom season is tied to my summer monsoons, which were late this year. This is not my biggest or prettiest Colorado Four O’clock, but … Continue reading

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Harvest, Horehound (Marrubium vulgaris)

In a morning lull from my daily thunderstorms, I went out to collect Horehound seeds. I am also collecting leaves from one shaded plant that is now blooming. I like collecting in a five gallon bucket.  Loose, it is not … Continue reading

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Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Sunflowers! The quintessential western wildflower that symbolizes the sun. These are wild sunflowers, the parent of our domesticated sunflowers. The biggest difference between the two is that the wild sunflower has multiple heads and the domesticated has a single stalk … Continue reading

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Creeping Mahonia (Mahonia repens)

While trimming trees around the Rabbit Hutch, I admired the Creeping Mahonia I planted. I wish I had more than 2, but no blooms or seeds yet.  Perhaps next year.  For now it is good that they are healthy and … Continue reading

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Tree Cholla (Cylindropuntia imbricata)

Tree Chollas are blooming and setting fruit all around. I have put out a few cuttings around my front perimeter, they do make a ferocious fence. A beautiful one, too.  My food forest has few Tree Chollas because they need … Continue reading

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Washington Hawthorne (Crataegus phaenophyllum)

I was looking to plant this Washington Hawthorne when I found the Variable Skink. I found a place uphill in the food forest that was damp and partly shady. This nice wildlife tree is native to the southeastern US, not … Continue reading

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Scarlet Bee Balm (Monarda didyma)

Ran errands today and bought Scarlet Bee Balm. This is a native plant but comes from the eastern US and it wants some shade and lots of water. Have I gone crazy you may ask? Yeah, pretty much. On top … Continue reading

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