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Southwestern Deserts

August, 2008
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Grow Native! Fall Plant Sale
Enjoy an outing to the Highlands Center for Natural History in Prescott, Arizona. Browse their regional plant sale, then enjoy a hike through the ponderosa pines. The sale is Saturday, September 13, and admission is free. Member's preview sale 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.; general public 9 a.m. to noon. For info, call (928) 776-9550; or go to: http://www.highlandscenter.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Canyon Penstemon
Penstemon flowers are surefire hummingbird magnets. Perennial Penstemon pseudospectabilis offers intensely colored rose-purple flower spikes. It blooms in spring in the low desert, in full sun to partial sun. Native to the Southwest, it is cold hardy to zero degrees, so it will perform at mid-level elevations as well. Let flowers dry and set seed on the plant and it will self-sow year after year.

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