water conservation arizona landscape plants
Low-water Shrubs

Shrubs are a versatile group of plants that help create the basic foundation for the landscape. View selection and planting tips for shrubs.

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Common Name: Superstition Mallow
Botanical Name: Abutilon palmeri


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Mature Size: 4' h x 3' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Orange-yellow
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to fall
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: silvery-green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: coarse
Form: upright, open low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Subtropical effect. Heart-shaped velvety leaves.
Native to: Arizona, Mexico, Sonora Mexico
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Bee Brush
Botanical Name: Aloysia gratissima


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Mature Size: 6' h x 6' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: White to pale purple
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to fall
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: upright, open low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: moderate
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: very small
Attracts Wildlife: butterflies growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Scented flowers and fragrant foliage. Attracts butterflies.
May be sold as Aloysia lycioides.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert, South America
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Triangleleaf Bursage
Botanical Name: Ambrosia deltoidea


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Mature Size: 1' h x 2' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Green (nonshowy)
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: midwinter to midspring
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: silver-green
Growth Rate: moderate-fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: mounding low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: yes growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Highly drought tolerant. Good for naturalistic landscapes.
Native to: Sonoran Desert
Also try A. dumosa.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Flame Honeysuckle
Botanical Name: Anisacanthus quadrifidus v. wrightii


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Mature Size: 3' h x 4' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Orange-red
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer to late fall
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: bright green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: sprawling low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? deciduous
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds, butterflies growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
Also try A. thurberi.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Fourwing Saltbush
Botanical Name: Atriplex canescens


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Mature Size: 5' h x 8' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Green (nonshowy)
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to summer
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: gray-green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: rounded, dense low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: <0° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: yes growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Tolerates tough conditions. Excellent wildlife plant.
Native to: North America, western North America
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Barberry
Botanical Name: Berberis trifoliolata


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Mature Size: 5' h x 5' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: yellow
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: late winter to spring
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: blue-gray
Growth Rate: slow-moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: rounded low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: small, prickly leaves
Attracts Wildlife: birds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Good informal hedge. Red berries attract birds.
May be sold as Mahonia trifoliolata
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
Also try B. haematocarpa.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Woolly Butterfly Bush
Botanical Name: Buddleia marrubifolia


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Mature Size: 5' h x 5' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: orange
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to midsummer
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: silvery
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: upright, dense low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: butterflies growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Attracts butterflies.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Yellow Bird of Paradise
Botanical Name: Caesalpinia gilliesii


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Mature Size: 6' h x 5' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Yellow with red stamens
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to fall
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: upright, open low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds, butterflies growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Exotic flowers. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
Native to: Argentina
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Mexican Bird of Paradise
Botanical Name: Caesalpinia mexicana


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Mature Size: 10' h x 8' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Yellow spikes
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to fall
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: moderate-fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: upright, open low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: moderate
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Can be grown as a small tree. Attracts hummingbirds.
Native to: Mexico
Plant Type: tree, shrub
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Common Name: Red Bird of Paradise
Botanical Name: Caesalpinia pulcherrima


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Mature Size: 6' h x 6' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Orange and yellow
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: late spring to fall
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: rounded, open low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? deciduous
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: very small, prickly stems
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds, butterflies growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Showy summer color. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Native to: Mexico, West Indies
Look for selections with yellow flowers.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Baja Fairy Duster
Botanical Name: Calliandra californica


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Mature Size: 5' h x 5' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Red powderpuffs
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to fall
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: upright, open low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds, butterflies growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Good informal hedge. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
May be sold as Calliandra peninsularis.
Native to: Baja California
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Pink Fairy Duster
Botanical Name: Calliandra eriophylla


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Mature Size: 3' h x 4' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Pink powderpuffs
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to fall
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: upright, airy low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Attracts hummingbirds.
Native to: southwestern deserts
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Desert Hackberry
Botanical Name: Celtis pallida


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Mature Size: 8' h x 10' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Yellow-green (nonshowy)
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: upright, dense low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: yes growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: small
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Attractive orange berries. Excellent wildlife plant.
Recently reclassified as Celtis ehrenbergia.
Native to: southwestern deserts
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Texas Olive
Botanical Name: Cordia boissieri


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Mature Size: 10' h x 10' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: White, showy
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to fall
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: gray-green
Growth Rate: slow-moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: coarse
Form: upright, dense low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: moderate
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Can be grown as a small tree.
Native to: Mexico, northern Mexico, south Texas, Texas
Plant Type: tree, shrub
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Common Name: Little-leaf Cordia
Botanical Name: Cordia parvifolia


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Mature Size: 6' h x 6' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: White clusters
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to fall
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: gray-green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: rounded, open low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Effective for screening or informal hedge.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert, Sonoran Desert
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Black Dalea
Botanical Name: Dalea frutescens


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Mature Size: 3' h x 4' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Rose-purple clusters
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: fall to early winter
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate-fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: rounded low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Winter color. Attracts quail.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Bush Dalea
Botanical Name: Dalea pulchra


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Mature Size: 4' h x 5' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Violet clusters
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: winter to spring
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: silver-green
Growth Rate: moderate-fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: rounded, airy low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: moderate
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: butterflies growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Winter color. Attracts butterflies.
Native to: Arizona, Mexico
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Weeping Dalea
Botanical Name: Dalea versicolor v. sessilis


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Mature Size: 3' h x 4' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Purple clusters
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: fall to spring
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: spreading, open low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Winter color. Daleas require well-drained soil.
Native to: Sonoran Desert
Also try D. bicolor v. argyraea.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Hop Bush
Botanical Name: Dodonaea viscosa


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Mature Size: 10' h x 8' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Yellow-green (nonshowy)
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: bright green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: upright, dense low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Oleander alternative. Decorative papery fruits attract birds.
Native to: warm regions worldwide
Also try D. viscosa v. purpurea, which has bronze-purple leaves.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Brittlebush
Botanical Name: Encelia farinosa


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Mature Size: 3' h x 4' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Yellow daisylike
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: winter to spring
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: silvery-gray
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: mounding low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Good for naturalistic landscapes. Seeds attract birds.
Native to: Mojave Desert, Sonoran Desert
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Desert Tea
Botanical Name: Ephedra nevadensis


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Mature Size: 3' h x 3' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Green (nonshowy)
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: slow plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: coarse
Form: upright, open low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: <0° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: yes growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Unusual form with sculptural qualities.
Native to: Mexico, southwest U.S.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Red Eremophila
Botanical Name: Eremophila maculata v. brevifolia


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Mature Size: 4' h x 5' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Red tubular flowers
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: late winter to spring
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: rounded low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Seasonal color. Attracts hummingbirds.
Native to: Australia
Look for selections that offer a variety of leaf forms and flower colors.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Turpentine Bush
Botanical Name: Ericameria laricifolia


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Mature Size: 2' h x 3' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Yellow clusters
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: late summer to fall
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: bright green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: mounding low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Fragrant foliage. Seeds attract birds.
May be sold as Haplopappus laricifolius.
Native to: Mexico, southwest U.S.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Flattop Buckwheat
Botanical Name: Eriogonum fasciculatum v. polifolium


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Mature Size: 1' h x 2' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Pale pink to white
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark gray-green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: rounded low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Suited to small spaces. Seeds attract birds.
Native to: southwestern deserts
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Kidneywood
Botanical Name: Eysenhardtia orthocarpa


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Mature Size: 15' h x 10' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: White spikes
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: shrublike low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Shrub or small tree. Good for naturalistic setting.
Native to: Sonora Mexico, southern Arizona
Plant Type: tree, shrub
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Common Name: Little-leaf Ash
Botanical Name: Fraxinus greggii


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Mature Size: 10' h x 8' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Green (nonshowy)
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: slow plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: rounded low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: yes growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Graceful shrub or small tree. Attractive gray bark with age.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
Plant Type: tree, shrub
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Common Name: San Marcos Hibiscus
Botanical Name: Gossypium harknessii


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Mature Size: 3' h x 4' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Yellow with red center
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer to fall
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: rounded low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Flowers are showy. Glossy heart-shaped leaves.
Native to: Sonoran Desert
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Guayacan
Botanical Name: Guaiacum coulteri


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Mature Size: 5' h x 5' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Deep violet-blue
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: slow-moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: rounded, open low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Vivid flower color.
Native to: Sonora Mexico
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Firecracker Bush
Botanical Name: Hamelia patens


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Mature Size: 4' h x 4' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Red-orange
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: coarse
Form: upright low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: hummingbirds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Colorful winter foliage. Attracts hummingbirds.
Native to: Florida into South America
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Desert Lavender
Botanical Name: Hyptis emoryi


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Mature Size: 6' h x 4' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Tiny lavender
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: woolly gray
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: upright, open low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Fragrant foliage. Attracts hummingbirds.
Native to: southwestern deserts
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Chuparosa
Botanical Name: Justicia californica


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Mature Size: 4' h x 4' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Orange to red tubular
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: late winter to spring
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: gray-green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: sprawling low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Good informal hedge. Attracts hummingbirds.
Native to: Sonoran Desert
Look for selections with yellow flowers.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Red Justicia
Botanical Name: Justicia candicans


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Mature Size: 3' h x 3' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Bright red
Sun: partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: fall and spring
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: sprawling low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Good in containers. Attrracts hummingbirds.
May be sold as Justicia ovata.
Native to: Arizona, Mexico
Also try J. spicigera.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Creosote Bush
Botanical Name: Larrea tridentata


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Mature Size: 6' h x 6' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Small yellow
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to fall
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: open, angular low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Good informal screen. Foliage is fragrant after rain.
Native to: North America, North American deserts
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Violet Silverleaf
Botanical Name: Leucophyllum candidum


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Mature Size: 3' h x 3' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Deep violet
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer to fall
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: silver
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: mounding low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Silvery leaves contrast well with green-foliaged plants.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
Look for the 'Cloud' series, which offers a variety of plant sizes.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Texas Sage
Botanical Name: Leucophyllum frutescens


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Mature Size: 6' h x 6' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: White, pink, or purple
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer to fall
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: green to gray
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: rounded low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Good informal hedge. Responds to monsoon rains by flowering.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
Look for the 'Cloud' series, which offers a variety of flower and foliage colors.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Chihuahuan Sage
Botanical Name: Leucophyllum laevigatum


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Mature Size: 4' h x 5' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Lavender
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer to fall
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: rounded, open low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Fragrant flowers. Accepts poor solils. Good informal hedge.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Langman's Sage
Botanical Name: Leucophyllum langmaniae


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Mature Size: 5' h x 5' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Lavender
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer to fall
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: bright green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: rounded, dense low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Provides significant summer color, as do other Leucophyllums.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
Also try L. pruinosum and L. zygophyllum.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Wolfberry
Botanical Name: Lycium fremontii


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Mature Size: 8' h x 8' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: White to lavender
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: late winter to spring and fall
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: light green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: mounding low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? deciduous
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: medium
Attracts Wildlife: birds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Excellent wildlife plant. Fruits and cover attract birds.
Native to: Sonoran Desert
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Feather Bush
Botanical Name: Lysiloma microphylla v. thornberi


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Mature Size: 15' h x 15' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Cream puffballs
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: late spring to early summer
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: irregular low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: high
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Lush appearance. Grow as a shrub or small tree.
May be sold as L. watsonii.
Native to: Arizona, Mexico, Sonora Mexico
Plant Type: tree, shrub
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Common Name: Mangle Dulce
Botanical Name: Maytenus phyllanthoides


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Mature Size: 3' h x 4' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Green (nonshowy)
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: light green
Growth Rate: slow plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: mounding low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Highly salt tolerant. Good in containers.
Native to: Mexico, southern U.S.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Myrtle
Botanical Name: Myrtus communis


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Mature Size: 5' h x 4' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: white
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: upright, dense low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Fragrant flowers and foliage. Leaves yellow if plant is overwatered.
Native to: Mediterranean
Look for selections that offer a variety of leaf forms and plant sizes.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Oleander
Botanical Name: Nerium oleander


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Mature Size: 6' h x 4' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: White, pink, or red
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to fall
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: coarse
Form: upright, dense low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: moderate
Allergenic: yes, sap irritates skin growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Excellent screen. Good summer color. Plant parts are poisonous.
Native to: Mediterranean
Look for selections that offer a variety of flower colors and plant sizes.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: White Plumbago
Botanical Name: Plumbago scandens


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Mature Size: 3' h x 3' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: White clusters
Sun: partial sun, shade plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer to fall
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: sprawling low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Foliage turns an attractive maroon color in winter.
Native to: Arizona, Mexico, tropical America
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Pomegranate
Botanical Name: Punica granatum


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Mature Size: 8' h x 6' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Orange to red, showy
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: upright, dense low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? deciduous
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: moderate
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: hummingbirds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Fruit is colorful and edible. Flowers attract hummingbirds.
Native to: Mediterranean
Look for selections that offer a variety of flower colors, fruit characteristics, and plant sizes.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Sugar Bush
Botanical Name: Rhus ovata


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Mature Size: 6' h x 6' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Red buds followed by cream clusters
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: slow plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: coarse
Form: rounded, dense low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Attractive screen or informal hedge.
Native to: Arizona, Baja California
Also try R. virens
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Baja Ruellia
Botanical Name: Ruellia peninsularis


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Mature Size: 3' h x 4' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Purple bell-shaped
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to fall
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: rounded low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds, butterflies growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Tolerates some shade. Attracts hummingbirds.
Native to: Baja California, Mexico, Sonora Mexico
Also try R. californica.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Green Feathery Senna
Botanical Name: Senna artemisioides v. filifolia


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Mature Size: 6' h x 6' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Yellow clusters
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: late winter to spring
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: rounded, airy low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: moderate
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Winter color. Trim lightly after bloom to remove seed pods.
May be sold as Cassia nemophila
Native to: Australia
Also try S. artemisioides v. oligophylla, v. petiolaris, and v. sturtii.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Shrubby Senna
Botanical Name: Senna wislizenii


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Mature Size: 4' h x 6' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Bright yellow clusters
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: summer
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: upright low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? deciduous
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Attractive shrub for summer color.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
Also try S. polyantha (Cassia goldmannii).
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Jojoba
Botanical Name: Simmondsia chinensis


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Mature Size: 6' h x 6' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Yellow-green (nonshowy)
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: gray-green
Growth Rate: slow plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: coarse
Form: mounding low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Good for naturalistic landscapes, screening or informal hedge.
Native to: Sonoran Desert
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Texas Mountain Laurel
Botanical Name: Sophora secundiflora


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Mature Size: 8' h x 6' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Purple clusters
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: slow plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: upright, dense low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Fragrant flowers. Can be grown as a small tree.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
Plant Type: tree, shrub
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Common Name: Orange Bells
Botanical Name: Tecoma hybrid


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Mature Size: 8' h x 5' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Orange trumpetlike clusters
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: year-round in frost free weather
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: upright low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: moderate
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Colorful background screen. Attracts hummingbirds.
Native to: Horticultural Selection
Also try T. garrocha.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Arizona Yellow Bells
Botanical Name: Tecoma stans v. angustata


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Mature Size: 6' h x 6' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Yellow trumpetlike clusters
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring to fall
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: bright green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: upright, open low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? semievergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: moderate
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Summer color. Attracts hummingbirds.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert, Sonoran Desert
Look for selections that offer larger flower and leaf size. Also try T. stans v. stans.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Cape Honeysuckle
Botanical Name: Tecomaria capensis


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Mature Size: 6' h x 5' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Vivid orange-red
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: year-round in frost free weather
Water: moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: sprawling low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: birds, hummingbirds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: With support can be trained as a vine. Attracts hummingbirds.
Native to: Africa, South Africa
Plant Type: shrub, vine
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Common Name: Mexican Buckeye
Botanical Name: Ungnadia speciosa


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Mature Size: 10' h x 10' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Rose-pink
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: slow plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: coarse
Form: shrublike low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? deciduous
Hardiness: 1-10° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: seasonal
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Fragrant flowers. Large shrub or small patio tree.
Native to: Chihuahuan Desert
Plant Type: tree, shrub
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Common Name: Arizona Rosewood
Botanical Name: Vauquelinia californica


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Mature Size: 10' h x 8' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: White clusters
Sun: full sun, partial sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: early summer
Water: low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: dark green
Growth Rate: slow plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: upright low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Can be grown as a small tree. Native alternative to Oleander.
Native to: Sonoran Desert
Plant Type: tree, shrub
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Common Name: Golden Eye
Botanical Name: Viguiera deltoidea


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Mature Size: 3' h x 3' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Yellow daisylike
Sun: full or reflected sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: spring
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: medium green
Growth Rate: fast plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: fine
Form: rounded low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? evergreen
Hardiness: 21-30° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: none
Attracts Wildlife: growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Good for naturalistic landscapes.
Native to: Sonoran Desert
Also try V. stenoloba and Trixis californica.
Plant Type: shrub
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Common Name: Gray Thorn
Botanical Name: Zizyphus obtusifolia v. canescens


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Mature Size: 6' h x 8' w plant photos and information for the desert southwest Flower Color: Cream (nonshowy)
Sun: full sun plant size and pictures for the desert southwest Flower Season: early summer
Water: very low plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Color: gray-green
Growth Rate: slow-moderate plant flower color for the desert southwest Foliage Texture: medium
Form: upright low litter plants for the desert southwest Evergreen? deciduous
Hardiness: 11-20° F yard plants for the desert southwest Litter: low
Allergenic: no growing plants in the desert southwest Thorns: large
Attracts Wildlife: birds growing plants in the desert southwest
Other Features: Great for wildlife. Blue-black fruits attract birds.
Native to: Mexico, southwest U.S.
Plant Type: shrub
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