Creosote – A Fragrant Native Herb

PlaceCreosote is a remarkable herb! Low-water, lovely, and highly useful, this unique desert shrub rewards any extra water you give it by adorning its branches with masses of vivid yellow, star-shaped flowers. These flowers are replaced by charming fuzzy gray seed pods that dry up, split apart and blow away. Best of all – every time it rains, this shrub fills the air with a heavenly scent like no other on earth. Unique Desert Creosote Creosote (Larrea tridentata), is also called chaparral. In Spanish it is known as gobernadora, or […]

Castor in the Southwest

Father Kino may have brought castor plants into the Southwest. The plants were growing in mission gardens by the late 1700’s. Why Castor? Castor oil comes from the seeds of Ricinus communis.  (More about the name – here) Some highly effective medicines, insecticides, and uses of the oil come from the castor seeds (they are not – botanically speaking – beans). Caution right here at the start – castor is NOT a plant to grow for home remedies. All parts of the plant contain both useful and highly toxic compounds. […]