Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wildflowers Growing By My House in Sandia Park

For those who know me, you know I like wildflowers.  I am a Wildflower Interpreter for the Cibola National Forest Sandia Ranger District.  I don't have to go far to see wildflowers because I live in the mountains east of Albuquerque.  I live in the Sandia Knolls in Sandia Park, New Mexico. My elevation is 6900 feet (2103 meters). We've had some wildflower species growing on my lot that I've not yet seen growing here before.  That doesn't mean they don't normally grow here. It's just that with a winter, spring and early summer drought and then a bountiful monsoon rainy season beginning in July, conditions were right for many different plant species growing here.  Here are some of the flowers growing here this month:

Tassel Flower - Brickellia grandiflora

Rocky Mountain Sage -  Salvia reflexa.  A delicate light blue flowering plant and a fragrant member of the Mint Family
blooming in late summer after a rain

Pepperweed  Lipidium alyssoides

Perky Sue Tetraneuris argentea

Copper Globemallow Sphaeralcea angustifolia

Cowpen Daisy - Verbesina encelioides

Paper Daisy Psilotrphe targetina var. targetina

Snakeweed  Gutierrezia sarothrae

Gumweed Grindelia squarrosa

Five-eyes, False Nightshade Chamaesaracha coronopus

Many-flowered Gilia Ipomopsis multiflora

Sanvitalia Sanvitalia abertii

Sanvitalia Sanvitalia abertii

Poison Milkweed Asclepias subverticillata
 (yellow is aphid colony)

New England Aster and Perky Sue

New England Aster Aster novae-angliae

New England Aster

White Ragweed Hymenopappus filiforius

Ivy-leafed Ground Cherry Physalis hederifolia var. cardifolia

Ivy-leafed Ground Cherry Physalis hederifolia var. cardifolia

Moradilla Verbena Glandularia bipinnatifida

Moradilla Verbena

Moradilla Verbena

Moradilla Verbena


Pigweed/Green Amaranth - Amaranthus hybridus

Hairy Golden Aster Heterotheca villosa


Bindweed Conolvulusarvensis

I also have other wildflowers including Fetid Marigold and lots of varieties of Goosefoot and Ragweed.   I also have my cultivated flower garden of lavender, sages, germanders, butterfly bushes, harebells, red-twig dogwood/Osier,  red yucca, datil yucca, day lilies, red and yellow Columbine Hartwegg's Sundrops, Mexican Hat, Indian Blanket, lilac, Rock Moss, roses, Japanese Honeysuckle, Wild Honeysuckle, Mock Orange Bush, Holly,  Alegre/Yellow Barberry, and more....


Red Sage

Butterfly Bush

Greek Germander and Purple Sage

Greek Germander, Harebells,and Perky Sue

Butterfly Bush

Cat Mint

Indian Blanket and Yarrow

Day Lily


Mexican Hat

Day Lilly

Japanese Honeysuckle
Evening brings the promise of more rain....and more wildflowers by my house.

1 comment:

  1. What a fantastic collection of wilds and domestics. I didn't know most of the natives. We have many kinds of native sunflowers and aster though....