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Sonoran Plant Profile: Nettle

Sonoran Plant Profile: Nettle

Species Covered: Urtica dioica, U. urens, U. gracilentra Other Names: Ortiga, Ortiguilla, Stinging Nettle, Dwarf Nettle, Mountain Nettle Or...

Desert Flowers

Desert Flowers

Chilopsis linearis - Desert Willow It is spring in the Sonoran desert.  The cacti are blooming from the short, sprawling prickly pear to the majes...

Sonoran Desert - Our Home

Sonoran Desert - Our Home

What would happen if the Sonoran desert changed?  Well, isn't it always changing? Our home, the Sonoran desert, is a vast array of diverse plants,...

Sonoran Plant Profile: Tulsi-Holy Basil

Sonoran Plant Profile: Tulsi-Holy Basil

Family: Lamiaceae Other names:  Tulasi, Fever Plant, Harombabe, Bai Gapraow, Tulasi, Surasa, Miri Taratoni, wu mao ding, ding xiang luo le Origin:...

Sonoran Plant Profile: Prickly Pear

Sonoran Plant Profile: Prickly Pear

Origin:  Native to the Americas Opuntia species have become naturalized on every continent except Antarctica. Energetics:  Cool & Moist (pad, ...

How to Deal with the Common Cold and Flu Herbally - Part 2

How to Deal with the Common Cold and Flu Herbally - Part 2

I know you've been waiting awhile for Part II of this post to come out, and I appreciate your patience!  I believe you've had some time to mull ov...

Sonoran Plant Profile: Yerba Santa

Sonoran Plant Profile: Yerba Santa

Eriodictyon angustifolium - Yerba Santa: notice the "wooly-network of veins" Other Names:  Mountain Balm, Bear's Weed, Consumptive Weed, Gum Bush,...

Sonoran Plant Profile: Puncture Vine

Sonoran Plant Profile: Puncture Vine

puncture vine  (Tribulus terrestris) Other names: Gokshura, Goat's Head, Terror of the Earth Origin:  Native to 4 continents; southern Europe, nor...

Southwest Foraging by Timber Press

Southwest Foraging by Timber Press

  Southwest Foraging, by Timber Press is the first book by bioregional herbalist & forager, John Slattery. This field guide covers the areas o...

Local Retailers featuring Desert Tortoise Botanicals Products

Local Retailers featuring Desert Tortoise Botanicals Products

Since I get numerous email inquiries each week, I wanted to update everyone on where they can find Desert Tortoise Botanicals products locally in T...

Herbal Energetics: Person, Place, & Plant

Herbal Energetics: Person, Place, & Plant

The renaissance of herbal energetics amongst Western herbalists over the past 20 years or so has seen an even more recent surge of popularity amon...

Herbal Energetics: Person, Place, & Plant

Herbal Energetics: Person, Place, & Plant

The renaissance of herbal energetics amongst Western herbalists over the past 20 years or so has seen an even more recent surge of popularity amon...