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Red Butte Photo of the Day 28.September.2009

Primrose

Shimmering Primrose       Oenothera fremontii

Bright, lemon-yellow, crepe paper-like blooms cover the mounding silver-green foliage from mid summer into fall.

The gardeners who introduced this plant into cultivation gave it the cultivar name 'Shimmer' after their favorite song by the band Fuel.

All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.

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Chocolate

White Snakeroot        Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'

Oenothera

Shimmering Primrose        Oenothera fremontii 'Shimmer'

Penstemon

Red Butte Photo of the Day 22.September.2009

Sunflower

Common Sunflower       Helianthus annuus

Common sunflower is a robust annual that grows from 1 1/2 to over 8 feet tall. The flower heads can grow up to 5 inches across.  It is the state flower of Kansas.

Red Butte Photo of the Day 21.September.2009

Penstemon

Hartweg's Beardtongue       Penstemon hartwegii 'Giganteus'

In most parts of the country, this penstemon is usually grown as an annual, but is hardy in zones 8-10.  If it is grown with dry cover and dry soil, in a protected location, it can survive much colder winters.

The species is native from the colder parts of the Mexico mountains.

Late Summer Blooms

Just because summer is coming to an end doesn't mean that colorful flowers are too.

Agastache

Apache Sunset Hyssop        Agastache rupestris 'Apache Sunset'

Buddleja

Butterfly-Bush        Buddleja davidii 'Harlequin'

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.

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