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Santa Fe, NM
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Santa Fe, NM
Source for photo of Helianthus nuttallii
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Santa Fe, NM
Dispersing seeds for wildflowers in New Mexico
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Santa Fe, NM
Smarty Plants on Fan Scarlet-Cardinal
I have a lobelia x speciosa (Fan Scarlet-Cardinal) plant and was wondering if I should dead head it after blossoming so that the plant continues to flower. Can you help? Thanks!
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Santa FE, NM
Deadheading or trimming back of Asclepias spp
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Santa Fe, NM
Smarty Plants on Isocoma pluriflora
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Santa Fe, NM
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Santa Fe, NM
Information on cherry trees from Santa Fe
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Santa Fe, NM
Plant identification request
I took a trip to Arizona in 9/06. While out walking through public land I encountered a beautiful plant with very distinctive leaves, color of woody stems and flowers. I have scoured the USDA plant ...
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Santa Fe, NM
Possibility of over-watering of Asclepias tuberosa
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Santa fe, NM
Treating splits in a Cottonwood tree trunk
How to treat slipts in trunk of 4 year old Cottonwood tree.
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Pecos, NM
Propagating Indian Paintbrush
I live in Pecos, NM and have a lot of Indian Paintbrush plants growing wild on my road. I wonder if you can tell me how I can propagate this plant.
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Chimayo, NM
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Espanola, NM
Growing Sophora gypsophila from seed
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Los Alamos, NM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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