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.


92 Pieces

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I can’t believe I almost let November go by without at least mentioning desert broom (Baccahris sarothroides). It is the native plant the folks lo...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2019
  • Length: 04:52
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I grew up in Kentucky where the state flower is goldenrod. The particular species that has that honor is Solidago gigantea. I wonder how it was cho...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 05:32
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This show is all over the place. Fall gets me excited and fall color is a crazy combination of fall blooming plants and leaves changing color on ot...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 05:14
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Salvia officinalis is known as cooking sage or garden sage. It is a sage and I say that because folks seem to apply the name sage to many other gen...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 05:11
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The photos are mine and of the plant Pseudognaphalium leucocephalum. It sure is nice to have some white flowers mixed in with the oceans of yellow ...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 05:13
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I think it’s fascinating that there are several species of winterfat found in Eurasia and Europe. That’s where the genus was first described by a G...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 05:43
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I like the way the family name Polemoniaceae just rolls off the tongue. What a delicious word to say. Oh, and I love the last paragraph of the fami...

  • Added: Nov 13, 2019
  • Length: 05:16
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Xanthisma gracilis is an annual and found all over the southwest and into Mexico as well. Duh. A common name is slender goldenweed or spiny zinnia....

  • Added: Nov 12, 2019
  • Length: 05:14
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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 24, 2019
  • Length: 05:02
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Cliffrose is the star of this show. It also goes by the common name quinine bush or the scientific name of Purshia mexicana. If you look at a map o...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 10:12
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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 24, 2019
  • Length: 05:13
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This the start of my “mud dauber research” as I have much to learn about these wasps that fly around the Mesquitey collection of cool stuff (the ki...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 05:12
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Well, I spent so much time jabbering about my conversion to a desert rat and monsoon believer that I left some stuff out and so here is what I left...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 04:55
Caption: The photos are mine. I doubt the snake enjoyed having its meal interrupted by a dude with a camera, but my goodness, isn’t it a beautiful snake? Even with its mouth full!
The scientific name for our gopher snake (or gophersnake. I’ve seen it written both ways) is Pituophis catenifer. The genus looks like a combinatio...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2019
  • Length: 05:31
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It’s always fun to have a quest when headed into the hills. It’s okay if the search doesn’t work out. It’s like the great old line, “getting ther...

  • Added: Aug 20, 2019
  • Length: 05:32
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I don’t know any poultry fanciers that don’t have a guinea fowl story or two or three. Chickens are where it usually starts as they are the gateway...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 05:10
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I wrote this song about Lycium fremontii when I was managing the native plant nursery of Desert Survivors on West Starr Pass in Tucson. The nursery...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2019
  • Length: 05:12
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So many native plants are ready for some of that monsoonal moisture and I am too. Come on summer rains!

  • Added: Jul 11, 2019
  • Length: 04:55
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Mala Mujer or Cnidoscolus angustidens is an interesting plant in Euphorbiaceae, the spurge family. It’s found in southeastern Arizona and south in...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 05:09
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I revealed most of my personal chicken history in this show. It is an ongoing saga, though I am much more in control of my crazy love for chickens....

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  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 04:46
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