With the recent announcement that the potentially very dangerous giant hogweed plant had been found in Calhoun County, Michigan, it seems like a good time to bring up the subject of toxic plants that are more commonly found in and around Las Vegas. Since giant hogweed tends to grow in areas with more rain,
I’m really only half-joking when I say that gardening in Las Vegas is like gardening on Mars. We have brutal summers where the temperature regularly tops 110°, while our winter nights dip well below freezing at least a couple of times a year. I once heard a soil expert on NPR compare our soil
At the nursery, I’ve found that there’s a pretty quick tell that indicates I’m talking to someone with a lawn. As soon as I tell them that they need to increase the water to their trees and shrubs, they look horrified and make a comment about how high their water bill is already.