Growing Native with Petey Mesquitey

Series produced by KXCI

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Petey Mesquitey is KXCI’s resident storyteller.

Every week since the spring of 1992 Petey has delighted KXCI listeners with slide shows and poems, stories and songs about flora, fauna, family and the glory of living in southern Arizona.


180 Pieces

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I forgot to say that false solomon’s seal was formerly in the family Liliaceae, but is now in Asparagaceae. There are 2 subspecies of Maianthemum r...

  • Added: May 24, 2022
  • Length: 04:09
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There are 30 species of Dalea found in Arizona, many of which are in the nursery trade because they are so doggone pretty. How cool is that? Very. ...

  • Added: May 19, 2022
  • Length: 04:20
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The genus Artemisia is in the sunflower family Asteraceae and there are over 200 species found around the world in the northern hemisphere. Well, t...

  • Added: May 19, 2022
  • Length: 05:05
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I started my nursery/horticulture career in the spring of 1980 at Desert Trees Nursery northwest of Tucson. It was and still is a wholesale nursery...

  • Added: May 04, 2022
  • Length: 04:16
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The riparian woodland Ms. Mesquitey and I were hiking in is at around 6,000 ft. in elevation. I think that may be the upper limits of the elf owls'...

  • Added: May 04, 2022
  • Length: 04:33
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Tecoma stans angustata is in the Bignonia family Bignoniaceae and there are a bunch of species of Tecoma starting here in the borderlands with our ...

  • Added: May 04, 2022
  • Length: 04:51
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Some personal history in poem and song. The photos are mine…well, I dug them out of the archives. That’s the very beginning of the Dusty Chaps in 1...

  • Added: May 04, 2022
  • Length: 04:17
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Our one flowering wildflower on this wonderful day was the very pretty perennial called penny cress or candy tufts. It is the former Thlaspi fendl...

  • Added: May 04, 2022
  • Length: 04:36
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There are 2 species of walnuts here in the borderlands of southern Arizona; the Arizona walnut (Juglans major) that I talked about and a species ca...

  • Added: May 04, 2022
  • Length: 04:34
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The genus is now Hesperocyparis, but back in the olden days, I learned the rough bark Arizona cypress of southeastern Arizona as Cupressus arizonic...

  • Added: May 04, 2022
  • Length: 05:00
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We are living in stressful times and getting out of the house, if only to your back yard, is always a good idea. Native flora and fauna can cure th...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2022
  • Length: 04:59
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Encelia farinosa (brittle bush, incienso) loves rocky hillsides and gravelly desert. And though this native shrub has a large range showing up in t...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2022
  • Length: 04:35
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When I was a boy vultures were called buzzards. It’s an interesting common name that came across the ocean with early British colonists who had no ...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2022
  • Length: 04:03
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Anyone who lives in groundhog country will have a woodchuck tale or two to tell. Growing up in Kentucky I sure did. At the University of Arizona in...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2022
  • Length: 03:47
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I forgot to say that the genus Crotalus comes from the Greek krotalon or krotos for rattle or rattling. (A couple favorite native plants are called...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2022
  • Length: 04:18
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I’ve known barn owls since I was a kid in Kentucky and I always saw them in barns roosting or nesting up high in the rafters. I remember finding a ...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2022
  • Length: 04:43
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One of the most magical moments of my childhood was when I first dug up potatoes in a garden and we later had some for dinner. I was awe struck! Th...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2022
  • Length: 04:59
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One of the positive sides of isolating and staying very close to home during the pandemic is that we discovered new places and rediscovered old hau...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2022
  • Length: 05:07
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Cactus wrens were one of the first Sonoran Desert birds I learned when I arrived in Tucson to go to the University of Arizona. They are such rascal...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2022
  • Length: 04:44
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This is Growing Native with Petey Mesquitey. Cloudy Cold days these days. Petey talks about lifesaving snow in the desert, the beauty of Sandhill C...

  • Added: Jan 13, 2022
  • Length: 04:52