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Jones’ Bluestar, Amsonia jonesii

  • Also called Colorado Desert Bluestar

  • Native to the Southwest

  • Sapphire blue stars from April to early summer

  • Planted in the Golden Mean Spiral in the Southwest Garden.

  • Plant Select choice in 2011

Reference and Photo Credit: https://plantselect.org/plant/amsonia-jonesii/



Prairie Smoke, Geum triflorum

  • Nodding pink flowers give rise to feathery, smoky-pink seed heads that decorate the plants in mid-summer.

  • Native

  • Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)

  • Extremely cold hardy.

  • Garden Club Of America 2020 Plant Of The Year

Reference and Photo Credit:    https://www.highcountrygardens.com/perennial-plants/unique-plants/geum-trifolium



Fragrant Ash, Fraxinus cuspidata

  • Blooms in late spring with fragrant, showy clusters of pure white flowers.

  • Native

  • Useful for small yards

  • Extremely cold hardy.

  • Attracts butterflies, birds, and bees

Reference and Photo Credit:    https://www.highcountrygardens.com/perennial-plants/shrubs/fraxinus-cuspidata-fragrant-ash



Rocky Mountain Penstemon Blanca Peak ®, Penstemon strictus

  • 3 to 4 week-long eye-catching display of white tubular flowers in late spring.

  • 2021 Plant Select introduction

  • Long-lived and native to the higher elevations of CO. 

  • Attracts butterflies, and bees

Reference and Photo Credit:    https://plantselect.org/plant/penstemon-strictus-pwwg06s/



Desert Prince’s Plume, Stanleya pinnata,

  • Long lasting yellow flowers

  • Late Spring and Summer
  • Attracts butterflies, andLate Spring and Summer Flowers
  • Native to North American and Southwest

Reference and Photo Credit: https://www.fossilcreeknursery.com/product/princes-plume-desert

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Durango Botanic Gardens

Our Location:

The Durango Botanic Gardens are physically located at the Durango Public Library, to the north and east of the library.  The library is located at 1900 E. 3rd Ave., Durango.

There is no admission charge.  Stroll the gardens yourself (there is ample signage in most gardens) or call us at 970-880-4841 to arrange a group tour. See our Information Tab for more.

Contact Us:

DURANGO BOTANIC GARDENS     
10 Town Plaza, #460
Durango, CO  81301    

Phone:  970-880-4841
durangobotanic@gmail.com

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