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Plume Power | The Mystery of Gambel’s Quail

Plume Power | The Mystery of Gambel’s Quail

Garden visitors often ask why Gambel’s quail have those curious-looking plumes on their heads that are especially prominent on the males. Composed of six black, comma-shaped feathers that tightly overlap, you might guess that this topknot’s function is to impress....

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Brittlebush | A Desert Survivor

Brittlebush | A Desert Survivor

Brittlebush–a widespread and very drought-resistant woody shrub with bright yellow flowers–is one of the most conspicuous desert plants when in bloom from late winter to mid-spring.  During really dry, hot years with little soil moisture, their green leaves can appear...

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Chuparosa | A Plant for Every Season

Chuparosa | A Plant for Every Season

When driving through the desert or walking the paths at the Garden this time of year, feast your eyes on the red blossoms of the Chuparosa (Justicia californica). This native plant grows along the washes of Southern Arizona, but is also a terrific addition to a home...

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Activity | Wild & Unusual Plants

Activity | Wild & Unusual Plants

Wild & Unusual Plants | Seek and Find The desert is full of strange and amazing plants that are adapted to survive and thrive in extreme living conditions. Head to the Garden or search your neighborhood to find some of the most bizarre plants of the Sonoran...

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REDUCE YOUR WATER FOOTPRINT

REDUCE YOUR WATER FOOTPRINT

This article ran in the Winter 2019 Sonoran Quarterly issue One of the most frequently asked questions that the Garden receives is related to water and how it is used. Reducing the Garden's water footprint and ensuring the plants the team is entrusted to care for are...

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