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Red Butte Photo of the Day 18.September.2009

Snakeweed

Broom Snakeweed       Gutierrezia sarothrae

This long-lived subshrub grows into a rounded mound with green, thread-like, sticky green leaves.  It flowers from late summer into fall.  It prefers full sun and low water.

Like Rubber Rabbitbrush, Broom Snakeweed is also an indicator species of poor range management, often indicating overgrazing.

Red Butte Photo of the day 17. September.2009

Rhus aromatica var. trilobata

Skunkbrush Sumac       Rhus aromatica var. trilobata

Red Butte Photo of the Day 16.September.2009

Primrose

Tufted Evening Primrose       Oenothera caespitosa

This Utah native is a great perennial to have in any xeric garden with its large four-petaled flowers, bright pink buds, and delicate aroma.  It does best when grown in full sun with dry, infertile, well-drained soil and given plenty of room to spread.

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Red Butte Photo of the Day 15.September.2009

Rabbitbrush

Rubber Rabbitbrush      Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Rubber rabbitbrush can be found growing throughout the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, Sonoran Desert and from lowlands to sub-alpine zones.  It grows in sunny, open locations in a variety of habitats such as moist drainage, dry deserts, plains and mountains.  It is very common to find on disturbed land. Dense stands of rubber rabbitbrush usually indicate poor range management.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 14.September.2009

Pinyon Pine

Pinyon Pine       Pinus edulis

Pinyon pine is a widely distributed tree that grows throughout the Intermountain region of North America.  It is sometimes called the Colorado Pinyon.

In the wild it grows very slowly, and trees with a trunk diameter of 6 to 8 inches can be over a hundred years old. Pinyon's typically grow in either pure stands or mixed with Utah juniper.

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Pinyon Pine

Pinyon Pine        Pinus edulis

Skunk Brush

Skunkbush Sumac        Rhus aromatica var. trilobata

Rubber Rabbitbrush

Red Butte Photo of the Day 11.September.2009

Toothache Plant

Toothache Plant       Spilanthes acmella

Toothache plant is a flowering herb in the Asteraceae or sunflower family.  It is also known as Paracress or Akarkara.  It is native to tropical regions of South America and is grown as an ornamental or medicinal plant in many parts of the world.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 10.September.2009

Fennel

Fennel       Foeniculum vulgare

The fragrant, graceful greenery of this herb can be used as a garnish or snipped like dill and used for a last minute flavor enhancer.  The flavor of fennel is sweeter and more delicate than anis and, when cooked becomes even lighter and more elusive than in its raw state.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 9.September.2009

Devil's Claw

Devil's Claw       Proboscidea parviflora

Devil's Claw is native to the southwest region of the United states, and can be found growing in Utah's southern most counties.

This annual plant grows to about 2 or 3 feet tall and does best when it is planted in hot, humid weather with warm summer nights.  It is very drought tolerant and sun loving.

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