Category Archives: plant uses

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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White Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum falcatum var. commutatum)

White Heath Asters are blooming on my property and are pretty plants for flowerbeds. It is a prairie aster that grows in central North America but not on either coastline. This little flower is charming, and a perennial well suited … Continue reading

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Wild Edibles, New Mexico Goosefoot (Chenopodium neomexicana)

New Mexico Goosefoot is uncommon as wild edibles go, it is only native to New Mexico, Arizona, and west Texas.  It is similar to its cousin Lambs Quarters (C. album) and I use it the same.  Chenopodiums are all edible … Continue reading

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Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

Spearmint is one of my favorite herbs, and for those who say it gets out of hand, I say you aren’t using it enough.  It is so easy to pull out anyway, and makes a great anti-insect mulch around other … Continue reading

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Trailing Fleabane (Erigeron flagellaris)

Trailing Fleabane is common here in the Sandia and Manzano mountains of New Mexico and common in Western North America. It is a delicate plant and I have seen it listed as both biennial or perennial.  I thought mine were … Continue reading

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Male and Female Cones, Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis)

Pinyon Pines have a lot of cones again this year after a good crop last year.  It takes close to three years to complete the process, but the weather is clearly conducive to formation of nuts. My trees seem to … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers: German Bearded Iris (Iris germanica)

My free German Bearded Irises are starting to bloom. About a dozen opened since yesterday. Some, like this one, have 3 blooms together.  I did get these free from one of my customers about a year and a half ago. … Continue reading

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