Southwestern Deserts

December, 2010
Regional Report

Web Finds

Save Our Citrus
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Save Our Citrus provides basic information on citrus greening disease and the Asian citrus psyllids that spread it. The site also includes links to state quarantine maps to keep you up to date on your region and lists contacts for reporting insects or disease symptoms.

Favorite or New Plant

'Outback Sunrise' emu bush
Although it may require a bit of sleuthing to find Eremophila prostrata, it's worth the hunt. An evergreen groundcover, rather than a shrub like other common emu landscape plants, this low-water-use plant has deep green foliage and is covered with yellow tubular flowers spring through summer. It grows only about 6 inches high, but spreads 8 to 10 feet. It grows in full sun to partial shade but blooms more vigorously in partial shade during July and August in the low desert. It also makes an attractive trailing plant in containers.

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