Gardening in Tucson, Phoenix, and the Desert Southwest

Butterfly Garden
Erosion Control
Fruit, Berries, Nuts
Ground Cover
Hummingbird Garden
Long- and/or Winter-Blooming
Peppers, Chilies
Plant List

Dealing with Critters
Digging Holes for Plants
Fruit: Selection, Cultivation
Garden Bed: Sterilizing
Gardening Schedule Zone 9b
Gardening Schedule Zone 8b
GM / Organic Foods
Landscaping Desert Gardens
Oracle: Weather, Wildflowers
Plant Placement
Selecting Plants
Seeds: Planting
Soil Preparation
USDA Hardiness Zones
Trees: Planting and Watering
Tree Schedule Zone 8b
Watering Shrubs and Perennials


Ground Cover and Erosion Control Plants

Ground Cover

Acalypha monostachya: Round Copperleaf / Raspberry Fuzzies
Round to heart-shaped, green to gray-green leaves. Tiny, fuzzy, red to pink flowers.

Calylophus hartwegii: Hartweg's Sundrops / Fendler's Sundrops
Bright yellow flowers.

Oenothera speciosa: Pinkladies / Mexican Evening Primrose
White to pink fragrant flowers.

Thymophylla pentachaeta: Fiveneedle Pricklyleaf / Golden Dyssodia
Yellow daisy-like flowers in abundance. Lacy green leaves.

Ground Cover and Erosion Control

Buchloe dactyloides: Buffalo Grass

Cynodon dactylon: Bermuda Grass

Epilobium canum: Hummingbird Trumpet
Reddish-orange flowers in clusters. Attracts hummingbirds.

Lobelia laxiflora: Sierra Madre Lobelia
Orange-red tubular flowers with yellow throats. Attracts hummingbirds.

Lonicera japonica: Japanese Honeysuckle / Hall's Honeysuckle
Fragrant white flowers, aging to light yellow. Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and birds.

Macfadyena unguis-cati: Catclawvine
A vine with green leaves capable of covering a wide area.

Rosa banksiae: Lady Banks' Rose
A vine-like shrub. Large clusters of medium-small white or yellow flowers with slight fragrance.

Verbena rigida: Tuberous Vervain / Sandpaper Verbena
Vivid purple flower clusters. Attracts butterflies.

Zinnia grandiflora: Rocky Mountain Zinnia
Yellow flowers with orange eye. Attracts butterflies.

Larger Plants for Erosion Control

Acacia angustissima: Prairie Acacia
White puff-ball flowers attract butterflies.

Atriplex canescens: Fourwing Saltbush
Flowers not noticeable. Winged seed attracts birds.

Calliandra eriophylla: Fairyduster
Pink, powder-puff flowers. Seeds attract quail and other ground feeding birds.

Fallugia paradoxa: Apache Plume
White flowers with yellow centers. Feathery, pink, seed head plumes.

Opuntia species: Prickly Pear Cactus
Prickly Pear cactus species (genus Opuntia) have wide shallow roots and large vertical pads that allow them to provide good erosion control on slopes and banks.

Fallugia paradoxa: Apache Plume
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