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ID: Leucophyllum or Eremophila? SOLVED: Eremophila

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#21 Andrea B.

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 23:01

This Eremophila was photographed on the property of the Furnace Creek Ranch in DV Nat Park. This hotel and other national park lodgings are run by a hotel management company (Xanterra in some parks) and not by the National Park Service. So that likely accounts for some non-native landscaping plants in the garden by the swimming pool.

To their partial credit, there was some attempt at California natives (previously mentioned Encelia). And it was definitely a xeriscaped garden with succulents, aloes, palms and rocks/pebbles as ground cover.

Given that it gets as high as 120*F in Death Valley in the summer, I suppose it is a wonder any garden attempts are made at all around the lodgings there. :D Thankfully we were there at the end of February when it barely went past 70*F. That was still too hot for Bjørn !! :lol:
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