Why I Garden #17

New Mexico Hops

I planted New Mexico Hops (Humulus lupulus L. var. neomexicanus) in the backyard several years ago and they have flowered prolifically this year. Each year these perennial vines spread further and are close to covering the fence they grow over. Hop flowers aren't likely to win a beauty contest but they are wonderfully fragrant in a way that few IPA lovers can resist. Now it's time to visit the local home brewing store and find a beer recipe to go with wild hops!

More Info:

USDA - Humulus lupulus L. var. neomexicanus

Expedition to collect plant genetic resources wild American hops In Colorado and New Mexico

The Taos News - Farmers experiment with new cash crop

IPA - India Pale Ale