Desert Mistletoe in Your Trees

There are many species of mistletoe around the world, parasitic and hemi-parasitic on a number of trees. All mistletoe plants are toxic. Almost all mistletoe berries are toxic. The one exception is the Sonoran and Mojave desert mistletoe, Phoradendron californicum, also called desert mistletoe. Interestingly, this unique genus is a distant relative of sandal wood. It’s a Hemi Technically, desert mistletoe is “hemi-parasitic.” No, it isn’t packing an awesome engine under the hood. We are talking about plants so it’s a Latin term. In Latin “hemi” means half. These mistletoes […]

How to Simply Help the Pollinators

Every living thing needs food, water, and a place to live, and bees are no exception – even our native solitary bees need water.  It’s a Dry Heat Help bees stay cool in the heat by offering them a safe space to get their needed water.  If you have fruit trees, or a vegetable garden, you need the help of these busy flying friends, so it’s only fair to help them in return. Water is Important You can make a simple bee watering space with a plant saucer or pie […]

Beautiful Brittlebush – for Your Southwestern Landscape

Brittlebush is not only beautiful to behold – it is beautiful for many aspects of a sustainable Sonoran desert habitat. Brittlebush provides food for foraging pollinators, a shady spot to start saguaro life, a sheltered spot for wildlife to rest, and a safe corner of the world to build a little lizard den under. Brilliant Brittlebush Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) is one of the most common and conspicuous wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert; seasonally providing a glowing golden-yellow cloak for the desert. And yes, the wood is brittle, hence the name. […]

Grow a Marvelous Mesquite

Mesquite harvest is nearing, and I will discuss harvest further on SavortheSW – my site dedicated to using the plants that grow in our yards here in the Land of El Sol.  Meanwhile, lets look at growing a mesquite tree or two to help provide food grown as locally as your own backyard. (Mesquite no-bake cookies are YUM!) All Mesquite are NOT Equal There are a number of mesquite species and some are NOT native. This has lead to problems in the urban landscapes. Non-native mesquites from the grasslands of […]