Joshua Tree’s Mojave Desert Land Trust to Sell Rare Desert Plants

Green thumbs looking for rare and local plants look no further.

The Mojave Desert Land Trust will be holding its Spring Native Plant Mini-Sale this week from Tuesday, February 22 at noon through Friday, February 25 at noon.

The sale will feature more than 20 hard-to-find species grown at the nonprofit’s nursery in Joshua Tree, including:

  • Goldenbush with linear leaves: a flowering plant in the daisy family that bears bright yellow flowers.
  • Beaver Tail Cactus: a small, spiky cactus that produces magenta flowers when in bloom.
  • White sage: an evergreen perennial shrub with leaves that some Native American tribes burn as incense during smudging ceremonies.
  • Maple grove: an evergreen shrub that can reach over 30 feet tall with flowers with white and pink petals and red sepals.

The Mojave Desert Land Trust began operating a plant restoration nursery and conservation seed bank in 2016 “to address the growing need to protect the California desert from threats posed by invasive species, human development and rising global temperatures,” according to its website.

Over 97,000 plants have been grown at the Joshua Tree Nursery since its inception.

Beavertail cactus flowers begin to bloom at Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Nonprofit officials said growing native plants supports wildlife habitat better than non-native plants and can help stabilize soil, retain water and sequester carbon.

Another advantage is that desert plants require less water and no fertilizer. Species like the linear-leaved goldenbush can also attract butterflies and birds.

An inventory of available plants will be posted on the MDLT website at noon February 22. Buyers will need to fill out a Google order form or submit an order via email. Telephone orders will not be accepted.

The plants will then be available for pick-up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 11 and 12 at the association’s headquarters. For more information, visit MDLT.org or click here.

The MDLT is located at 60124 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree.

Daily Press journalist Martin Estacio can be reached at 760-955-5358 or ME Stacio@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_mestacio.

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