Friday, September 14, 2012

A Prop to the Maligned.

Perhaps the most solid plant for dry and unwatered gardens in the West is Greasewood, but Sarcobatus vermiculatus is very rare for purchase. (Mail-order: Great Basin Natives in UT)  It grows in low, salty, dry clay areas of the west.  Potentially car-sized, it is ignored most of the time.  But alas, in a garden, with a bit of pruning, it will offer rich succulent greenness entirely without water.  It ought to be used more where we don't want to water and weed.  Stiff, pointed stem-tips would make it an awesome security screen.

All this so I can post a shot of the underappreciated pink inflorescences.

Sarcobatus vermiculatus.  Greasewood.

{This picture was added later}
At the North End of Unaweep Canyon, Whitewater, CO.}

1 comment:

David C. said...

Greasewood has great potential for's native all the way down to Abq and I hear even E of El Paso in a low salty basin. Perhaps it proves another line in your profile - "it continues with embracing form and mass with plants like Greasewood, instead of more Monet (cottage gardens)."

Great post, and I had no idea of that bloom.