Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Plant Prospecting

On my last trip to San Jose del Cabo I spied this wonderful native shrub loaded with flowers. It was in a garbage-strewn arroyo not far from a dead car. I immediately pulled over, jumped out and found some seedlings. Luckily I had my trowel handy so it was easy to dig them up and put them in a plastic bag. When I got home I potted them and it looks like all are surviving. I keyed them out using the Flora of Baja, as Sphaeracea axillaris var. violacea. This plant was about five feet tall! I'm thrilled to add them to my native plant collection. I also collected some seed.