Southwestern Deserts

January, 2007
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
What's better than looking at plants? Looking at plants for free! Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, offers Free Admission Month in January, so fill the car with kids and visit. January 27 features a native tree and shrub sale, and landscape artist Robert Harrison will exhibit 25 wildflower paintings throughout the month. For more details on what to do and see, go to: http://www.wildflower.org.

Favorite or New Plant

Baby Rita Prickly Pear
Opuntia hybrid 'Baby Rita' is a merry little cactus that combines the bright pink flowers of Beavertail prickly pear with the purple pads of Santa Rita, although Baby's pads are much smaller than either, about 2 inches across. Takes full sun and is hardy to 0 degrees F. Plant where its spines and glochids won't interfere with people or pets.

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