|blanket flower, Gaillardia|
|Butterfly milkweed, also called pleurisy root, Asclepias tuberosa|
|wild geranium, Geranium species|
|spiderwort, Tradescantia and beardtongue, Penstemon|
|sulphur flower, Eriogonum umbellatum|
|Apache plume, Fallugia paradoxa|
|fleabane daisy, Erigeron|
That is the second plant in this post that I think is a horticultural variety or hybrid. I'm trying to support native species and I don't know quite how I feel about natives that have been bred, adding and weeding out traits, to make them better for gardens. Native plants spread, often aggressively. Or they get native diseases. Cultivated varieties are often less aggressive and more disease-resistant. Those characteristics are good for the gardener. It is also true that to have native plants for sale to homeowners, someone needs to propagate them, which is easier if the plants are somewhat domesticated, for example, hold their seeds rather than self-scattering and transplant well. Since most of our yards and public spaces are dominated by plants brought from elsewhere (Europe, South America, for me elsewhere includes the Eastern U.S. and California) it is probably too soon to worry about how wild the natives are.
|Colorado four o'clock, Mirabilis multiflora|
|beardtongue Penstemon and mountain nine bark Physocarpus monogynus|
I do not know this cactus. It is not native in the northern counties of Colorado. But it was growing well in a garden in Boulder County. I think it is kingcup cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, Colorado's state cactus. It is spectacular. (But do not forget, somebody has to weed around those spines.)
These are gorgeous garden plants native to Colorado. Every region has beautiful natives. We don't all have to grow the same plants or adjust our yards to mimic the growing conditions elsewhere.
Revel in local plants. They are worth the hunt to find them.
Comments and corrections welcome.
Why do I keep giving plant families? Because there are too many plant species and genera for any one person to know, but the 400+ families are almost manageable, so if you don't know the genus, you might know the family.
Kathy Keeler, A Wandering Botanist
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