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The Perennial and Wildflower Garden

Gardening in Tucson, Phoenix

Arizona and California

The Perennial and Wildflower Garden

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The plants on this page are low care, desert-adapted, perennial herbs. A few annuals also made the list. By definition, these plants lack woody stems. Some may be evergreen and have a shrub shape in regions without frost, but will die to the ground in a hard freeze and regrow in the spring. See Shrubs, Vines and Trees for other flowering plants.
Once established, most perennials listed below will need watering once a month unless it rains. More frequent watering will produce more blooms, however some are intolerant of frequent watering. The most common mistake made with these plants is overwatering once they are established.
Most perennials listed below need well-drained soil which can be found on sloping ground, higher rocky ground or raised garden beds.
Perennials that bloom spring through fall sometimes suspend blooming during periods of extreme heat and start up again in late August unless given part shade and additional water.
Most prefer full sun, some require it to avoid fungal diseases, but others need part shade in high temperatures.

Agastache rupestris: Licorice Mint Hyssop
Orange-red, tubular flowers arrayed on spikes, edible.

Asclepias subulata: Desert Milkweed
Long, narrow, upright blue to green stems. Small yellow to white flowers in clusters.

Asclepias tuberosa: Butterfly Milkweed
Small bright orange or yellow flowers in terminal clusters.

Baileya multiradiata: Desert Marigold
Yellow flowers 2" wide.

Berlandiera lyrata: Chocolate Flower
Yellow rays with dark orange center, chocolate fragrance.

Calylophus hartwegii: Hartweg's Sundrops
Large, bright yellow flowers.

Cephalophyllum alstonii: 'Red Spike' Ice Plant
A succulent with red flowers.

Conoclinium greggii: Gregg's Mistflower
Fluffy lavender flowers.

Epilobium canum: Hummingbird Trumpet
Reddish-orange flowers 1.5" long in clusters.

Erigeron divergens: Spreading Fleabane
One-inch wide flowers have narrow white rays and yellow centers.

Eschscholzia californica: California Poppy
Orange-yellow flowers 2" wide.

Euphorbia rigida: Gopher Plant
Exotic accent plant. Yellow to yellow-green flowers with red margins.

Gazania rigens: Gazania
Large flowers in vivid colors.

Glandularia gooddingii: Southwestern Mock Vervain
Hemispherical clusters of purple to pink flowers.

Glandularia tenera: Moss Verbena
Hemispherical clusters of purple to pink flowers and lacy leaves.

Lobelia laxiflora: Mexican Bush Lobelia
Orange-red tubular flowers with yellow throats, 2" long.

Malephora luteola: Rocky Point Ice Plant
Yellow flowers, succulent leaves and stems.

Melampodium leucanthum: Black Foot Daisy
Honey-scented, white flowers, 1.5" wide with yellow eyes.

Mirabilis multiflora: Wild Four O'clock
Purple trumpet flowers, 1" wide and 2-3" long.

Salvia coccinea: Blood Sage
Salvia coccinea: Scarlet Sage

Oenothera lindheimeri: Lindheimer's Beeblossom / Gaura
White to pink flowers.

Oenothera speciosa: Evening Primrose
White to pink 2" wide fragrant flowers.

Penstemon baccharifolius: Rock Penstemon
Tubular red flowers, longer blooming. The easiest of all Penstemons to grow.

Penstemon barbatus: Beardlip Penstemon
Red to red-orange tubular flowers arrayed on spikes.

Penstemon eatonii: Firecracker Penstemon
Bright red tubular flowers, 1" long, arrayed on stem.

Penstemon palmeri: Palmer's Penstemon
Fragrant, light pink to white flowers in clusters.

Penstemon parryi: Parry's Penstemon
Dark pink to magenta, tubular flowers with flared lobes.

Penstemon pseudospectabilis: Desert Penstemon
Magenta flowers, 0.75" long in spikes.

Penstemon superbus: Coral Penstemon
Dark pink, red or orange-red flowers, 0.75" long in spikes.

Perovskia atriplicifolia: Russian Sage
Very small blue to purple flowers on clustered spikes.

Salvia coccinea: Scarlet Sage
Bright red flowers.

Salvia elegans: Pineapple Sage
Narrow, red, tubular flowers.

Salvia farinacea: Mealycup Sage
White and blue flowers.

Salvia microphylla: Littleleaf Sage
Red and white flowers.

Senna hirsuta v. glaberrima: Slimpod Senna
Vivid yellow flowers 1" wide in showy clusters.

Sphaeralcea ambigua: Desert Globemallow
Cup shaped flowers in orange, red, pink or white.

Tetraneuris acaulis: Angelita Daisy
Yellow daisy-like flowers. Green, linear, basal leaves.

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

Verbena rigida: Slender Vervain
Vivid purple, tiny flowers in hemispherical clusters.

Zinnia acerosa: Desert Zinnia
White flowers with yellow eye.

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

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Sources for Native Perennial and Wildflower Seeds
Native Seed/Search
Plants of the Southwest
Western Native Seed

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