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.


133 Pieces

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I’m telling you, late summer and fall are great times to get out into the hills, especially if you want to find interesting plants. While you’re ou...

  • Added: Sep 27, 2020
  • Length: 05:02
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Jackass clover is Wislizenia refracta and the botanical name of clammy weed is Polanisia dodecandra. They are both in the Cleome family Cleomaceae....

  • Added: Sep 21, 2020
  • Length: 04:36
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You know you haven’t been hiking or botanizing out in the desert or grassland enough when you look to the roadsides for interesting plants, but I’l...

  • Added: Sep 10, 2020
  • Length: 05:13
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Hummingbird trumpet has had quite a few botanical names and I’m still not sure that I got the current botanical right in this episode. I called it ...

  • Added: Sep 02, 2020
  • Length: 05:01
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At my age I should probably being thinking more of getting rid of clutter rather than adding to it. I tell our daughters that some day they can hav...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2020
  • Length: 05:17
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Many years ago when I was running a nursery in Tucson, Arizona I was invited by a landscape architecture firm to supply the all plants for a landsc...

  • Added: Aug 18, 2020
  • Length: 04:48
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The scientific name for our gopher snake (or gophersnake. I’ve seen it written both ways) is Pituophis catenifer. The genus name looks like a combi...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2020
  • Length: 05:30
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Since producing this episode of Growing Native we have encountered Jatropha macrorhiza a couple more times. A recent sighting was over near the New...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2020
  • Length: 05:17
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Raspberries are in the rose family, Rosaceae, the genus Rubus and with six species in Arizona. Five are native species and one introduced. Rubus id...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2020
  • Length: 05:17
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Phemeranthus aurantiacus, the former Talinum aurantiacum, is now in Talinaceae, the flameflower family, “a family of two genera and 28 species.” Th...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2020
  • Length: 04:45
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San Miguelito (Antigonon leptopus) is quite the Mexican native plant. I read that it’s found in habitat not only in Sonora and Chihuahua and southw...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2020
  • Length: 05:19
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I think that the common name of orange sneezeweed may be a bit misleading. The flowers we saw and photographed were more on the yellow side, but th...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2020
  • Length: 05:18
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The Bighorn Fire in the Catalina Mountains near Tucson, AZ. started on June 5th of 2020 and as I sit and write this a few weeks later on June 30th ...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2020
  • Length: 05:16
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The miller moths that showed up at our little homestead are the adult of the army cutworm (Euxoa auxiliaris) and they migrate from lower areas and ...

  • Added: Jun 23, 2020
  • Length: 05:26
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Isn’t it wonderful to live in a region where clouds and humidity and rain are so celebrated? You can identify the natives and converted natives as ...

  • Added: Jun 17, 2020
  • Length: 05:05
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Every time I pull a reference book or field guide off the shelf to read about a recently seen insect I seem to run across a quote by the famous ent...

  • Added: Jun 11, 2020
  • Length: 05:19
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These day trips of ours into the hills are so renewing. The particular canyon that I talking about is very close to our home and within 30 or 40 mi...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2020
  • Length: 05:13
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I could have jabbered on forever (you probably noticed) and still not have mentioned all the wonderful things happening now in the uplands as sprin...

  • Added: May 28, 2020
  • Length: 05:51
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The desert bighorn is found in the arid regions of the western and southwestern US and across the border in Mexico. Its scientific name is Ovis can...

  • Added: May 22, 2020
  • Length: 05:08
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Searching our pantry and chest freezer has been quite an adventure. We’ve even found some unlabeled items in the freezer. “What do you suppose that...

  • Added: May 18, 2020
  • Length: 05:22