Expanding the Southwestern plant palette©

G. Starr
Exploring in habitat for plants to introduce to the nursery and landscape industry in the desert southwest can be a hit-and-miss proposition. Sometimes the plants that appear to have the most promising potential end up being a bust, while other plants that are almost an afterthought turn out to be some of the best performers in the landscape.
When searching areas for potential new plants outside of southern Arizona, I have identified two approaches in order to maximize the hits and minimize the misses. One is to identify a climate similar to the one in which you want to introduce “new and unusual” plants and go scour that region for potential plants. The other is to pick plants that already do well in said climate, find out where those are native, and go look for other plants in that area.
I would like to share some of the winners and not-yet-winners chosen from over 30 years of exploring in Mexico. Let’s take an alphabetical look at some awesome plants that have made their way into the landscape plant palette.
Starr, G. (2017). Expanding the Southwestern plant palette©. Acta Hortic. 1174, 159-162
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1174.30

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