Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southwestern Deserts

January, 2009
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

This southwestern native (Nolina microcarpa) adds an unusual element to the landscape. It has an ornamental, grass-like appearance but is actually a succulent plant. It blooms in spring with tall flower stalks. It's a low-maintenance plant, with very little litter. Plant where it has room to reach its mature size (about 3 x 4 feet tall and wide) to take full advantage of its sculptural form. Beargrass takes full sun to partial shade and is cold hardy to zero degrees F.

Clever Gardening Technique

Choosing Herbal Plants
Purchasing herbal transplants is a more reliable route to obtaning desired flavors than growing from seed. Do a "scent and taste test" by rubbing a leaf between your fingers, then nibbling it carefully. If you enjoy its taste and aroma, you'll probably like its culinary possibilities as well.


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