Category: Flowers

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Desert Bird of Paradise quick facts

Arizona’s well-known desert bird of paradise shrubs burgeon with vivid red flowers or delightful yellow blooms.  The red bird of paradise, Caesalpinia Pulcherrima, is our favorite and we have several constituting a border. This Red Bird of Paradise is a drought and heat tolerant shrub that relishes full sun with its lively red- orange flowers cultivating out […]

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What are the VARIETIES OF SUNFLOWERS?

Like many people who savor gardening as a hobby, we fancy the bright colors and upbeat feeling a sunflower brings! So, how many varieties of sunflowers are there? First, SUNFLOWERS belong to the genus Helianthus, which contains over 70 species.  Most varieties are annuals; but, Helianthus incorporates 38 species that are perennial (grow back every […]

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Saguaro National Park in AZ

The Saguaro National Park

While traveling Arizona we stopped at Saguaro National Park, in Tucson.  The park is located in the Sonoran Desert. The giant cacti, called Saguaros, are protected and preserved within the park. After a single rainfall, Saguaros can soak up to 200 gallons of water through their huge network […]

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Is Purple Texas Sage edible? Eating a Texas Ranger Plant

Can you eat purple sage, Texas Sage?  This perennial evergreen shrub with grayish leaves and budding purple flowers is actually not sage at all. Rarely called Silverleaf, this popular bush is predominately specified as Texas Ranger Plant or Purple Texas Sage. Leucophyllum frutescens is the scientific name for this Sage Bush, and it is a […]

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