Western Mountains and High Plains

January, 2012
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Often called purple poppy mallow, winecups (Callirhoe involucrata) is gorgeous, sprawling, magenta-blossomed plant for a dry garden. It can grow to three feet wide and makes a great cascading plant as it sprawls over rocks and retaining walls. Callirhoe likes a dry spot in full sun. Prune straggly ends in mid-summer to push another set of flowers with the onset of cooler fall weather.

Clever Gardening Technique

Unclog Drip System Emitters
In areas with hard water, calcium deposits often clog drip system emitters. Instead of tossing them and buying new ones, soak clogged emitters in white vinegar. The vinegar will dissolve the calcium deposits and make them work efficiently again.

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