Plants Of The Region

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center How-to
This expansive site has a native plants database by state, supplier lists by zip code, Q&A, and how-to information.

New Mexico Office of the State Engineer Plant list
This new database is easy to use, easy to save plants you like to a list, and a very useful new tool for our region!

Mountain States Wholesale Nursery
MSWN has a comprehensive plant database with a cross-reference tab for the common names. Plant database is available to all users even though sales are strictly wholesale.

Earth-Kind Plant Selector
Texas A&M's searchable database includes ratings for heat and drought tolerance.

Desert Plants & Wildflowers
Information on desert plants and wildflowers.

Native Plant Society of New Mexico
The purpose of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico (NPSNM) is to educate New Mexicans on native plant identification, ecology, and uses; encourage preservation of natural habitats; support botanical research; and promote use of native plants for conservation of water, land, and wildlife.

Native Plant Society of Texas
The Native Plant Society of Texas promotes research, conservation and utilization of native plants and plant habitats of Texas through education, outreach and example.

Colorado Native Plant Society
The Colorado Native Plant Society web site promotes the appreciation and conservation of the native plants and ecosystems of Colorado. The site lists field trips, programs, books, Colorado plant news and information...

Utah Native Plant Society Home Page
Non-profit organization web site for the protection, preservation and appreciation of Utah native plant species

Xeriscape Plant Specimens
Plant lists for very low, low, medium, and high irrigation needs (NMSU Ag Science Center at Farmington)

Lawn grasses The Southwest US has an increasing issue with water availability due to population growth pressures and periods of drought. Landscape water use is a fairly easy target for water conservation. Municipalities are, increasingly, using water restrictions, pricing, and landscaping mandates in efforts to conserve water. Though logic would dictate complete removal of home lawns, the reality is that there is no substitute for a little grass under a swing set or outside the kitchen door, especially in our very hot climate. With that thought, we recommend the following resources:

The Patton Seed Company
This link will take you to details on "Hot Climate Grasses". Be sure to look at the "previous" and "next" pages of this page as there is an abundance of very usable information and instructions on these turf varieties. If you are looking to establish a grass area or to renovate an old lawn, this site will help you zero-in on the best lawn grass for you, how to plant it, and how to maintain it. There is a very good comparison chart 4 sections forward, here The reference zones are 2 sections after, here

Turfgrasses for New Mexico
An NMSU Cooperative Extension comparison guide of the cool season and warm season grasses commonly planted in NM.

Turf Research and Management
A PowerPoint presentation by Dan Smeal, NMSU Irrigation Specialist, including turf comparisons with photos, irrigation, mowing, fertilization, pest, and weed management.

Native Lawns
Turf grass comparison study of bermudagrass, buffalo, buffalo/blue gramma, and HABITURF?? (a native mix for dry regions of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona. ). See also,Wild Flower How To Articles, for an associated articles on installing and maintaining HABITURF??.