Chiricahua Riparia

The Chiricahua Mountains are one of the most biologically diverse places in North America. You can hike to a 365 ft frozen waterfall, hear stories of the elusive Jaguar or spot a rare quetzal in this unique and inspiring landscape. The peaks in this mountain range are known as the "sky islands", and have rare and extraordinary communities of flora and fauna. This area is in the homeland of the Chiricahua Apache.

Silverleaf Oak (Quercus hypoleucoides)

While Oaks are very widespread and common in the US, Silverleaf Oak only grows in SE Arizona and surrounding areas. The leaves of this plant were collected in early January from a Riparian Ecosystem in the Chiricahua Mountains.

Silverleaf Oak

Silverleaf Oak Dye Palette

Silverleaf Oak in garter stitch

Bright yellow dye of Juniperus deppeana

Purple dye of Juniperus deppeana

Alligator Juniper (Juniperus deppeana)

This slow growing tree has bark like the skin of an alligator and is well suited for arid environments. Juniperus deppeana is often found in montane ecosystems and riparian woodlands. Birds and mammals feed on the tree's berries and its dense foliage provides cover for numerous fauna.

Honey blonde dye of Quercus emoryi leaves

Dye palette

Emory Oak (Quercus emoryi)

Emory oak is an evergreen tree species that provides acorns to numerous animals in riparian and upland habitats. The dye palette of this plant's leaves is impressive and can provide chocolate browns, sage greens, and caramel among many other indescribable colors.

Pinks of Manzanita stems

Black dye of Manzanita leaves

Manzanita (Arctostaphylos)

Manzanita species have beautiful red skinned bark and their branches twist like multitudes of meandering streams. The soft pink result of a neutral solution and unmordanted wool is my favorite color from this species. This genus of plants is happy in the dry open slopes of chapparal ecosystems, but can also be found in upland riparian habitats.