Southwestern Deserts

February, 2002
Regional Report

Web Finds

Native Plant Organizations
Native plants are wonderful in the landscape because they are well-adapted to local conditions, require less maintenance, are resistant to insects and diseases, and provide food, shelter and nesting sites for wildlife. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Links Web page provides links to native plant organizations and display gardens in North America, which can provide information on plants for your region. It is part of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

Favorite or New Plant

Blanket Flower
Blanket flower (Gaillardia) is a colorful wildflower that is easy to grow from seed and self-sows with abandon. It grows in native soil or improved beds and survives full sun and summer heat with modest amounts of water. Flowers are intense shades of red, yellow, orange and maroon. There are annual and perennial varieties and both have long blooming seasons from March to November. Sow seeds in fall or spring.

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