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    You Can Grow That: Baja Fairy Duster

    Colorful flowers, attractive foliage, heat tolerance, and wildlife magnet are just a few of the characteristics that describe Baja Fairy Duster. This Mexican native thrives in desert gardens due to its drought tolerance and ability to handle full sun, reflected heat, and partial shade. Characteristics One of Baja Fairy Duster’s exciting features is the “feather-duster” shape of the flowers. The…

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    Create a Southwest Butterfly Garden

    My mantra always will be that xeric gardens do not get enough recognition for their flowering, color and attractiveness to people and pollinators. There is something about butterflies lighting on flowers that is simultaneously calming and exciting. Anyone who thinks you can’t have these delightful moments in a desert Southwest garden is mistaken. There are plenty of native and xeric…