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Wonderful and Waterwise

Submitted: Sept. 8, 2021, 3:33 p.m.
By: Jason Baker, Curator

As we approach fall, the Garden's plantings are working hard to make as many flowers as possible before the temperatures drop. Come take a stroll and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.


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Lantana (Lantana camara)
While this plant isn't cold hardy to northern Utah, they do produce an abundance of flowers from spring through fall.


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Amethyst Sea Holly (Eryngium amethystinum)

This waterwise Sea Holly is one of the hardiest. It can handle the heat, the dry climate, poor soils...you name it, it can handle it.


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Alpine Willowherb (Epilobium fleischeri)

This beautiful perennial is a much more compact and waterwise cousin to the Utah native Fireweed.


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Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

Want to make a statement in your yard? This beautiful blue and red Utah native grass is not only waterwise once established, it can also reach six feet high!


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Sideoats Grama Grass (Bouteloua curtipendula)

Another great Utah native grass, watch for bees and wasps as they harvest pollen from these dainty dangling flowers.


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Turkey Tangle (Phyla nodiflora)

This relative of Lantana produces small heads of cute pink, orange, and purple flowers...


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...and once established, it spreads and makes a fantastic low-water lawn replacement that can handle a bit of foot traffic.


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Photos by Glenn Eurick & Jason W. Baker