Western Mountains and High Plains

April, 2012
Regional Report

Favorite or New Plant

Desert Four O' Clock
The desert four o' clock, Mirabilis multiflora, is a native herbaceous perennial with multiple attributes including drought tolerance, preference to full or hot afternoon sun, and attracting hummingbirds and moth hawks. This rugged perennial has handsome mounds of blue green foliage and abundant funnel-shaped magenta flowers that open in the late afternoon throughout much of the summer. Combine this native with other drought tolerant perennials including yuccas, cacti, and hardy agaves.

Clever Gardening Technique

Recycle Used Plastic Containers
Reuse empty household containers as seedling pots. Yogurt cups, margarine tubs, cottage cheese containers, fast-food containers, and others can be used to sow seeds indoors. Be sure to make drainage holes in the bottom and clean containers thoroughly with a bleach solution. Fill with seed-starting mix and start your seeds without the expense of new seedling trays.

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