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Herbs: Yerba de la negrita

By Rob Hawley For The Taos News In Northern New Mexico, this plant has bright little orange flowers that look like hollyhock flowers and is sometimes mistaken for a small poppy. Yerba de la … more

Honoring an elder

We are all aware of the ancient cottonwood tree leaning conspicuously to the south on Taos Plaza. It is not intensely large, nor particularly balanced or attractive, yet it is a well-loved member of … more

Tree Talk: We want your feedback on presence of Siberian elm in Taos

Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) was originally introduced to New Mexico under the name “Chinese elm” beginning in the early 1900s. Much to our confusion, the original name has more commonly … more

The roots of greatness: Four tree-mendous giants hold national crown for size

More than a century ago, about the time New Mexico became a state, a Goodding black willow sapling emerged naturally — or was planted by a resident — along an earthen irrigation ditch near the center of Taos. It survived through drought, … more

You can attain a certified wildlife garden habitat

The National Wildlife Federation offers a “Garden for Wildlife” program. If the criteria exist in your backyard or farm, you can get your yard certified through a simple application process and it can become an educational tool. A plaque placed … more

Prepare for the unknown: Find inner tranquility and outer harmony in Taos

With the beginning of the new year, we feel the need to get rid of the old and make room for the new. As we take down our holiday decorations, we may crave order and simplicity. Pearl Huang of Ru Yi Studio of Multicultural Arts says that in her … more

Taos Herb: The bitter truth about herbs and digestion

Bitter is a taste that has become so foreign to most of us that when I ask people if they know what tastes bitter, I get answers like “lemons” and “vinegar.” Perhaps you know those as sour tastes — just one of the six basic tastes that … more

Hot, dry cough? Try this featured herb.

• Mullein, miner’s candlestick, velvet plant, blanket leaf • Spanish: punchón, gordolobo • Family: scrophulariaceae (figwort family) • Genus and species: verbascum thapsus Mullein grows throughout the world, growing from sea … more

Wonderful World of Native Plants: Use holiday colors to spruce up the season

Let’s talk about holiday colors. While the green of our deciduous trees and bushes is gone, and we’ve had our first snow, still some of our winter wonderland foliage can deck our outside halls with the colors we associate most with Christmas — … more

Tree Talk: Planting an orchard in Taos brings community out

Taos maintains a long history of fruit orchards. Many fruit trees thrive here. And with care – and a little luck from the weather – yield copious quantities of delicious fruit for people (and some birds and bears). Besides contributing to … more
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