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Address: 1340 Gunnison Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Phone: 970-254-3866
Hours: 8:00am - 5:00pm M-F

Las Colonias Native Arboretum


Plains Cottonwood

https://youtu.be/pjTwi-DvA2Y

Pinyon Pine

https://youtu.be/wi6NFQC5bFA

Fremont Cottonwood

http://youtu.be/J1mq2SxKTXc

Singleleaf Ash

http://youtu.be/Pnjttrq7UZc

Big Tooth (Wasatch) Maple

http://youtu.be/VZe1FcZz5iI

Lanceleaf Cottonwood

http://youtu.be/MWzovBWhsbY

Narrowleaf Cottonwood

http://youtu.be/9Unu25LLQyc

Torrey’s Ephedra

http://youtu.be/bI8aJI0ZJBo

Dwarf Leadplant

http://youtu.be/tbdDkFCulls

Leadplant

http://youtu.be/obtsy_prLSw

Colorado Red Twig Dogwood

https://youtu.be/JWrUclu-0gY

Mormon Tea

http://youtu.be/Q7kBMQDUxMM

Tall Green Rabbitbrush

http://youtu.be/UjwI5gsYmio

Tall Blue Rabbitbrush

http://youtu.be/ACKH8aK4rrQ

Boulder Raspberry

http://youtu.be/axEQ173pL78

Mountain Ninebark

http://youtu.be/NWxy4T_xhY8

Utah Serviceberry

http://youtu.be/fx2wdHxWAlk

Rocky Mountain Smooth Sumac

http://youtu.be/ai0sn5PDXj8

 

Mexican Hat ~ Ratibida columnifera

Ratibida columniferaRatibida columnifera

This is a clump forming perennial with finely cut leaves and red to yellow flowers.
Ht: 1-2' ~ *Native* ~ Mature Spread: 1-2' ~ Flower Color: Red to Yellow ~ Hardiness: Zone 3 ~ Full Sun ~ Very Dry

Fendler's Sundrops ~ Calylophus hartwegii fendleri

Calylophus hartwegii fendleriCalylophus hartwegii fendleri

This is an awesome mounding perennial with large 2β€³ square, yellow flowers. Flower buds bold with pink and yellow polka-dots. The flowers bloom from June till frost. They are very drought tolerant. They tolerate poor soils very well.
Ht: 1-2β€² ~ *Native* ~ Mature Spread: 1-2β€² ~ Flower Color: Yellow ~ Hardiness: Zone 3 ~ Full Sun ~ Very Dry

'Kannah Creek' ~ Eriogonum umbellatum

Eriogonum umbellatumEriogonum umbellatum

This is a fantastic low growing mat forming perennial with dark green pointed leaves and sulfur yellow flowers in spring. They have great fall-winter color.
Ht: 6-8β€³ ~ *Native* ~ Mature Spread: 1-2β€² ~ Flower Color: Sulfur Yellow ~ Hardiness: Zone 3 ~ Full Sun ~ Dry

Black Foot Daisy ~ Melampodium leucanthum

Melampodium leucanthumMelampodium leucanthum

This is a mounding perennial with white flowers that bloom all summer. It is very drought tolerant and works well in rock gardens.
Ht: 12-18β€³ ~ Mature Spread: 12-18β€³ ~ Flower Color: White ~ Hardiness: Zone 5 ~ Full Sun ~ Dry

Desert Beardtongue ~ Penstemon pseudospectabilis

Penstemon pseudospectabilis

This is a tall beautiful perennial with blue green leaves and fuchsia colored flowers. It is extremely drought tolerant.
Ht: 1-2β€² ~ Mature Spread: 1-2β€² ~ Flower Color: Fuchsia ~ Hardiness: Zone 4 ~ Full Sun ~ Very Dry

Prairie Zinnia ~ Zinnia grandiflora

Zinnia grandifloraZinnia grandiflora

Mound forming perennial with papery yellow flowers throughout the summer. Extremely drought tolerant!
Ht: 6-12β€³ ~ *Native* ~ Mature Spread: 12-15β€³ ~ Flower Color: Yellow ~ Hardiness: Zone 4 ~ Full Sun ~ Very Dry

Prickly Poppy ~ Argemone polyanthemos

Argemone polyanthemosArgemone polyanthemos

This perennial has blue green spiny leaves and large white flowers. It is extremely drought tolerant. This is an Eastern Plains species that was introduced to the Western Slope possibly by the highway.
Ht: 2-4β€² ~ Mature Spread: 1-2β€² ~ Flower Color: White ~ Hardiness: Zone 4 ~Full Sun ~ Very Dry

Purple Prairie Clover ~ Dalea purpurea

Dalea purpureaDalea purpurea

This is an upright clump forming perennial with finely cut leaves. They have bright purple cone shaped flowers throughout the summer. The Purple Prairie Clover is thriving in our cactus garden, which we water once during the summer.
Ht: 2-3β€² ~ *Native* ~ Mature Spread: 1-2β€² ~ Flower Color: Purple ~ Hardiness: Zone 4 ~ Full Sun ~ Very Dry

Creamy Sulfur Flower ~ Eriogonum jamesii

Eriogonum jamesii

Low growing mat forming perennial with silvery leaves and cream to pink flowers.
Ht: 6-12β€³ ~ *Native* ~ Mature Spread: 12-15β€³ ~ Flower Color: Cream ~ Hardiness: Zone 3 ~ Full Sun ~ Dry

Indian Rice Grass ~ Oryzopsis hymenoides

Oryzopsis hymenoides

This is a bunch grass with delicate lacy leaves. In early summer this grass will be covered in airy cluster of nut like seeds. The nutlets were a food staple for native people.
Ht: 1-2' ~ *Native* ~ Mature Spread: 1-2β€² ~ Flower Color: Tan ~ Hardiness: Zone 3 ~ Full Sun ~ Very Dry

Walking Stick Cholla ~ Cylindropuntia spinosior

Cylindropuntia spinosior

This is a heavily spined Cholla whose stems resemble a bottle brush. The maroon new growth fades to light green. The flowers are a dark reddish purple.
Ht: 5-6β€² ~ Mature Spread: 4-6β€² ~ Shape: Upright Spreading ~ Flower Color: Reddish-Purple ~ Hardiness: Zone 6 ~ Full Sun ~ Very Dry

Blue Stem Joint Fir ~ Ephedra equisetina

Ephedra equisetina

This is a mounding evergreen shrub with slender blue stems. The female plants have bright red berries in midsummer. They have a tendency to sucker.
Ht: 4-5β€² ~ Mature Spread: 5-6β€² ~ Shape: Large Mounding ~ Flower Color: Yellow ~ Hardiness: Zone 5 ~ Full Sun ~ Dry

Mojave Sage ~ Salvia pachyphylla

Salvia pachyphylla

This plant has intensely aromatic foliage and makes roughly 2’ x 3’ bushes with rosey pink flowers during the summer.
Ht: 18– 36” ~ Mature Spread: 24 – 36” ~ Flower Color: Bright bluish violet flowers & rosey pink ~ Hardiness: Zone 5 ~ Sun ~ Drought Tolerant

Spice Lily ~ Agave manfreda

Agave manfredaAgave manfreda

Drought-tolerant plant suitable for xeriscaping with average water needs.
Ht: 12 – 18” ~ Mature Spread: 18 – 24 β€œ ~ Flower Color: Pale Green White/Near White ~ Hardiness: Zone 4 ~ Sun to Partial Shade

Fruity Germander ~ Teucrium cossonii

Teucrium cossoniiTeucrium cossonii

This is a drought tolerant plant, suitable for xeriscaping
Ht: 6-12β€³ ~ Mature Spread: 24 - 36β€³ ~ Bloom Color – Purple ~ Hardiness: Zones 9 ~ Full Sun ~ Dry

Purple Verbena ~ Glandularia canadensis

Glandularia canadensis

This hardy plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds. This is a very reliable and lovely ground cover plant.
Ht: 6-12β€³ ~ Mature Spread: 24 - 36β€³ ~ Bloom Color – Violet/Lavender ~ Hardiness: Zones 9 ~ Full Sun ~ Dry