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Gathering Sonoran Sweetness

Gathering Sonoran Sweetness

Gathering Sonoran Sweetness The cherished time of year in the Sonoran desert is now upon us.  While the desert heats up to temperatures above 110 ...

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...