Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert

Arizona Municipal Water Users Association

Plants that Attract Wildlife

Create a wildlife-friendly landscape to bring your yard to life with songbirds, hummingbirds, butterflies, beneficial insects and pollinators. Our suggested list of trees, shrubs and flowers are especially good at providing food, cover and nesting places. The bonus is that these same plants also offer lots of color, fragrance, water savings, and because they are so well adapted to our desert conditions, pesticides can be avoided.
Afghan Pine
Afghan Pine
Anacacho Orchid Tree
Anacacho Orchid Tree
Angelita Daisy
Angelita Daisy
Argentine Giant
Argentine Giant
Argentine Hedgehog
Argentine Hedgehog
Arizona Poppy
Arizona Poppy
Arizona Rosewood
Arizona Rosewood
Arizona Yellow Bells
Arizona Yellow Bells
Arroyo Lupine
Arroyo Lupine
Autumn Sage
Autumn Sage
Baja Fairy Duster
Baja Fairy Duster
Baja Passion Vine
Baja Passion Vine
Baja Ruellia
Baja Ruellia
Bamboo Muhly
Bamboo Muhly
Banana Yucca
Banana Yucca
Barberry
Barberry
Beargrass
Beargrass
Beavertail Prickly Pear
Beavertail Prickly Pear
Bee Brush
Bee Brush
Black Dalea
Black Dalea
Blackbrush Acacia
Blackbrush Acacia
Blackfoot Daisy
Blackfoot Daisy
Blanket Flower
Blanket Flower
Blue Euphorbia
Blue Euphorbia
Blue Flax
Blue Flax
Blue Grama
Blue Grama
Blue Myrtle Cactus
Blue Myrtle Cactus
Blue Palo Verde
Blue Palo Verde
Blue Yucca
Blue Yucca
Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea
Brittlebush
Brittlebush
Buckhorn Cholla
Buckhorn Cholla
Bush Dalea
Bush Dalea
Bush Morning Glory
Bush Morning Glory
Candelilla
Candelilla
Canyon Hackberry
Canyon Hackberry
Canyon Penstemon
Canyon Penstemon
Cape Aloe
Cape Aloe
Cape Honeysuckle
Cape Honeysuckle
Cardon Grande
Cardon Grande
Cascalote
Cascalote
Cat Claw Vine
Cat Claw Vine
Chaparral Sage
Chaparral Sage
Chaste Tree
Chaste Tree
Cherry Red Sage
Cherry Red Sage
Chia
Chia
Chihuahuan Sage
Chihuahuan Sage
Chilean Mesquite
Chilean Mesquite
Chinese Pistache
Chinese Pistache
Chocolate Flower
Chocolate Flower
Chuparosa
Chuparosa
Compass Barrel
Compass Barrel
Coolibah
Coolibah
Coral Penstemon
Coral Penstemon
Creeping Germander
Creeping Germander
Creosote Bush
Creosote Bush
Damianita
Damianita
Dawe's Aloe
Dawe's Aloe
Deer Grass
Deer Grass
Desert Bluebell
Desert Bluebell
Desert Coreopsis
Desert Coreopsis
Desert Hackberry
Desert Hackberry
Desert Lavender
Desert Lavender
Desert Marigold
Desert Marigold
Desert Milkweed
Desert Milkweed
Desert Senna
Desert Senna
Desert Spoon
Desert Spoon
Desert Tea
Desert Tea
Desert Willow
Desert Willow
Desert Zinnia
Desert Zinnia
Elephant's Food
Elephant's Food
Engelmann's Hedgehog
Engelmann's Hedgehog
Engelmann's Prickly Pear
Engelmann's Prickly Pear
Evergreen Elm
Evergreen Elm
Feather Bush
Feather Bush
Firecracker Bush
Firecracker Bush
Firecracker Penstemon
Firecracker Penstemon
Five Spot
Five Spot
Flame Honeysuckle
Flame Honeysuckle
Flattop Buckwheat
Flattop Buckwheat
Foothills Palo Verde
Foothills Palo Verde
Fourwing Saltbush
Fourwing Saltbush
Fruitless Olive
Fruitless Olive
Gaura
Gaura
Giant Hesperaloe
Giant Hesperaloe
Giant Prickly Pear
Giant Prickly Pear
Globe Mallow
Globe Mallow
Golden Barrel
Golden Barrel
Golden Dyssodia
Golden Dyssodia
Golden Eye
Golden Eye
Goodding's Verbena
Goodding's Verbena
Grape Ivy
Grape Ivy
Grass Tree
Grass Tree
Gray Ice Plant
Gray Ice Plant
Gray Thorn
Gray Thorn
Green Feathery Senna
Green Feathery Senna
Guajillo
Guajillo
Guayacán
Guayacán
Hildmann's Cereus
Hildmann's Cereus
Hop Bush
Hop Bush
Hummingbird Trumpet
Hummingbird Trumpet
Hybrid Palo Verde
Hybrid Palo Verde
Indian Fig
Indian Fig
Indian Rosewood
Indian Rosewood
Ironwood
Ironwood
Jerusalem Sage
Jerusalem Sage
Jojoba
Jojoba
Katie Ruellia
Katie Ruellia
Kidneywood
Kidneywood
Lady Banks' Rose
Lady Banks' Rose
Langman's Sage
Langman's Sage
Lantana
Lantana
Leather-Leaf Acacia
Leather-Leaf Acacia
Lechuguilla Verde
Lechuguilla Verde
Lilac Vine
Lilac Vine
Little-leaf Ash
Little-leaf Ash
Little-leaf Cordia
Little-leaf Cordia
Live Oak
Live Oak
Mangle Dulce
Mangle Dulce
Mastic Tree
Mastic Tree
Maximilian Sunflower
Maximilian Sunflower
Mealy Cup Sage
Mealy Cup Sage
Medicinal Aloe
Medicinal Aloe
Mediterranean Fan Palm
Mediterranean Fan Palm
Mescal Ceniza
Mescal Ceniza
Mexican Bird of Paradise
Mexican Bird of Paradise
Mexican Blue Palm
Mexican Blue Palm
Mexican Buckeye
Mexican Buckeye
Mexican Bush Sage
Mexican Bush Sage
Mexican Ebony
Mexican Ebony
Mexican Fencepost
Mexican Fencepost
Mexican Gold Poppy
Mexican Gold Poppy
Mexican Hat
Mexican Hat
Mexican Sunflower
Mexican Sunflower
Mexican Thread Grass
Mexican Thread Grass
Moss Rose
Moss Rose
Moss Verbena
Moss Verbena
Mt. Lemmon Marigold
Mt. Lemmon Marigold
Myoporum
Myoporum
Myrtle
Myrtle
Ocotillo
Ocotillo
Octopus Agave
Octopus Agave
Oleander
Oleander
Orange Bells
Orange Bells
Orange Zexmenia
Orange Zexmenia
Organ Pipe
Organ Pipe
Owl's Clover
Owl's Clover
Paleleaf Yucca
Paleleaf Yucca
Palo Blanco
Palo Blanco
Palo Brea
Palo Brea
Paperflower
Paperflower
Parry's Agave
Parry's Agave
Parry's Penstemon
Parry's Penstemon
Partridge Breast Aloe
Partridge Breast Aloe
Pink Fairy Duster
Pink Fairy Duster
Pink Muhly
Pink Muhly
Pink Trumpet Vine
Pink Trumpet Vine
Pomegranate
Pomegranate
Potato Vine
Potato Vine
Prairie Zinnia
Prairie Zinnia
Primrose Jasmine
Primrose Jasmine
Purple Prickly Pear
Purple Prickly Pear
Purple Ruellia
Purple Ruellia
Queen's Wreath
Queen's Wreath
Rain Lily
Rain Lily
Red Bird of Paradise
Red Bird of Paradise
Red Emu
Red Emu
Red Flax
Red Flax
Red Justicia
Red Justicia
Red Spike Ice Plant
Red Spike Ice Plant
Red Yucca
Red Yucca
Red-cap Gum
Red-cap Gum
Rock Penstemon
Rock Penstemon
Sago Palm
Sago Palm
Saguaro
Saguaro
Saltillo Primrose
Saltillo Primrose
San Marcos Hibiscus
San Marcos Hibiscus
Senita
Senita
Shirley Poppy
Shirley Poppy
Shoestring Acacia
Shoestring Acacia
Shrubby Senna
Shrubby Senna
Sideoats Grama
Sideoats Grama
Silk Floss Tree
Silk Floss Tree
Slipper Flower
Slipper Flower
Smooth Agave
Smooth Agave
Soaptree Yucca
Soaptree Yucca
Southwestern Cosmos
Southwestern Cosmos
Spreading Fleabane
Spreading Fleabane
Spruce Cones
Spruce Cones
Sugar Bush
Sugar Bush
Superstition Mallow
Superstition Mallow
Sweet Acacia
Sweet Acacia
Tenaza
Tenaza
Texas Ebony
Texas Ebony
Texas Honey Mesquite
Texas Honey Mesquite
Texas Mountain Laurel
Texas Mountain Laurel
Texas Olive
Texas Olive
Texas Sage
Texas Sage
Totem Pole
Totem Pole
Trailing Acacia
Trailing Acacia
Trailing Dalea
Trailing Dalea
Trailing Desert Broom
Trailing Desert Broom
Trailing Gazania
Trailing Gazania
Trailing Lantana
Trailing Lantana
Trailing Rosemary
Trailing Rosemary
Triangleleaf Bursage
Triangleleaf Bursage
Tufted Evening Primrose
Tufted Evening Primrose
Turpentine Bush
Turpentine Bush
Twin-flowered Agave
Twin-flowered Agave
Velvet Mesquite
Velvet Mesquite
Violet Silverleaf
Violet Silverleaf
Weber's Agave
Weber's Agave
Weeping Dalea
Weeping Dalea
White Plumbago
White Plumbago
White Thorn Acacia
White Thorn Acacia
Willow Acacia
Willow Acacia
Wolfberry
Wolfberry
Woolly Butterfly Bush
Woolly Butterfly Bush
Yellow Bird of Paradise
Yellow Bird of Paradise
Yellow Bulbine
Yellow Bulbine
Yellow Dot
Yellow Dot
Yellow Orchid Vine
Yellow Orchid Vine
Yuca Vine
Yuca Vine
Zinnia 'Profusion' Series
Zinnia 'Profusion' Series