Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

March, 2005
Regional Report

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Wildflower Info
Wildflowers are on parade around the Southwest. Not sure where to go to view them? Check the Desert Botanical Garden Web site. Click on the "Wildflower InfoSite" button on the right side of the page to find extensive detail on what's blooming where, throughout Arizona. Also check your local botanical gardens, arboreta, and state parks for wildflower phone hotlines or Web sites showing what's in bloom.

Favorite or New Plant

Blue Euphorbia
Amongst a desert palette of unusual-looking plants, blue euphorbia (Euphorbia rigida) still stands out as eccentric. Blue foliage and chartreuse flower bracts combine to produce a cool, but nevertheless vibrant, splash of color. Blooms appear in mid-winter to early spring. This species is hardy to 15 degrees F., is drought tolerant, and takes full sun or partial shade. It spreads fairly slowly in low-growing mounds, reaching about 2 feet high and 3 feet wide. No thorns, but it exudes a milky sap that is irritating to skin.

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