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Low Water Shrubs for the Desert

Gardening in Tucson, Phoenix

Arizona and California

Low Water Shrubs for the Desert

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ORNAMENTALS
Grasses
Ground Cover
Perennials
Shrubs
Trees
Vines

SPECIALTY GARDENS
Butterfly Garden
Erosion Control
Hummingbird Garden
Long-Blooming
Winter-Blooming

FOOD PLANTS
Fruit and Berries
Herbs
Peppers, Chilies
Strawberries
Tomatoes

GARDENING TIPS
Dealing with Critters
Digging Holes for Plants
Fruit: Selection, Cultivation
Garden Bed: Sterilizing
Landscaping Tips
Microclimates
Mulching
Plant Placement
Selecting Plants
Soil Preparation
USDA Hardiness Zones
Trees: Planting, Watering
Vegetable Sched Zone 8b
Vegetable Sched Zone 9b
Watering Shrubs, Perennials

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Botanical Name Index
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Aloysia gratissima: Whitebrush
Tiny white flowers clustered on spikes with a strong vanilla smell.

Callistemon citrinus

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii: Wright's Desert Honeysuckle / Flame Honeysuckle
Reddish-orange, tubular flowers. Extra hardy during drought and heat.

Anisacanthus thurberi: Thurber's Desert Honeysuckle
Dark orange to red, tubular flowers.

Barkleyanthus salicifolius: Willow Ragwort
Yellow flowers with pale orange centers.

Bauhinia lunarioides: Texasplume / Orchid Tree
Fragrant, white to pinkish flowers.

Buddleja marrubiifolia: Woolly Butterfly Bush
Ball-shaped clusters of orange flowers. .

Caesalpinia gilliesii: Bird-of-Paradise Shrub / Yellow Bird of Paradise
Yellow flowers with long red stamens.

Caesalpinia mexicana: Mexican Holdback / Mexican Bird of Paradise
Flowers with yellow petals and yellow stamens.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima: Pride-of-Barbados / Red Bird of Paradise
Elaborate flowers with yellow, orange and red petals.

Calliandra californica: Tabardillo / Baja Fairy Duster
Bright red, clustered stamens resembling miniature dusters.

Calliandra eriophylla: Fairyduster
Pink, powder-puff flowers.

Callistemon citrinus: Crimson Bottlebrush / Lemon Bottlebrush
An evergreen shrub with large, red, bottlebrush flowers and lemon-scented leaves.

Carissa macrocarpa: Natal Plum
An evergreen shrub with fragrant, white flowers, edible red fruit, and dark green leaves in overlapping clusters.

Ceanothus greggii: Desert Ceanothus / Wild Lilac
An evergreen shrub covered with clusters of tiny white flowers and a strong lilac scent.

Chrysactinia mexicana: Damianita
An evergreen shrub covered with fragrant, yellow, daisies.

Cordia parvifolia: Small-leaf Geigertree / Little Leaf Cordia
White flowers in clusters.

Dalea frutescens: Black Prairie Clover / Black Dalea
Rose-purple flowers in short spikes.

Dalea pulchra: Santa Catalina Prairie Clover / Indigo Bush
Clustered purple flowers.

Dodonaea viscosa: Florida Hopbush
An evergreen shrub showing off papery, winged seed capsules. .

Encelia farinosa: Encelia farinosa: Brittlebush
Yellow flowers with orange to brown centers and sliver, blue-green leaves.

Eremophila glabra: Common Emu Bush
An evergreen shrub with red tubular flowers.

Eremophila hygrophana: Blue Emu Bush
An evergreen shrub with blue tubular flowers that bloom most of the year.

Eremophila maculata var maculata: Red Eremophila / Valentine Bush
A winter-blooming, evergreen shrub with red tubular flowers.

Ericameria laricifolia: Turpentine Bush
An evergreen shrub covered with yellow flowers in the fall.

Erythrina flabelliformis: Coralbean
Clusters of red, tubular flowers on long stalks.

Euphorbia lomelii: Slipper Plant / Lady's Slipper
A long-stemmed, green succulent with red, slipper-like bracts hiding tiny flowers.

Fallugia paradoxa: Apache Plume
White flowers, with yellow centers, followed by feathery, pink, plumed seeds.

Fouquieria splendens: Ocotillo
Orange to red flowers clustered at top of very spiny, tall green canes.

Hesperaloe parviflora: Redflower False Yucca / Red Yucca
Narrow evergreen leaves sprouting stalks with reddish tubular flowers.

Hyptis emoryi: Desert Lavender
Tiny, clustered, purple flowers among fragrant, lavender scented leaves.

Justicia spicigera: Mohintli / Mexican Honeysuckle
Clusters of orange, tubular flowers.

Lantana camara: Lantana
Small flowers, in rounded clusters of various colors.

Lantana montevidensis: Trailing Shrubverbena / Trailing Lantana
Small flowers, usually purple or gold, in rounded clusters.

Larrea tridentata: Creosote Bush
An evergreen shrub with small yellow flowers and shiny green, resinous leaves.

Leucophyllum frutescens: Texas Sage / Texas Ranger
Purple, pink or white flowers amid green to silver leaves.

Lysiloma watsonii: Littleleaf False Tamarind / Desert Fern
An evergreen shrub or small tree with white puffball flowers and fern-like leaves.

Callistemon citrinus
Callistemon citrinus: Crimson Bottlebrush

.Mimosa dysocarpa: Velvetpod Mimosa
Fragrant bottlebrush flowers, bright pink aging to white.

Myrtus communis: Common Myrtle
An evergreen shrub or small tree with an exotic leaf pattern and fragrant white to cream flowers.

Nerium oleander: Oleander
An evergreen shrub or small tree with flowers that bloom spring through fall in a choice of colors.

Olneya tesota: Desert Ironwood
Sweet pea-like purple and white flowers.

Poliomintha maderensis: Lavender Spice / Mexican Oregano
An evergreen shrub with fragrant, clustered, purple to white tubular flowers. Extra hardy during drought and heat.

Prunus ilicifolia: Hollyleaf Cherry
An evergreen shrub or small tree with holly-like leaves, edged with soft spines, producing red cherries in summer.

Punica granatum: Pomegranate
A tree or shrub with highly ornamental flowers and fruit. Extra hardy during drought and heat.

Rhamnus ilicifolia: Hollyleaf Redberry
An evergreen shrub with dark green, holly-like leaves. Small red berries develop in summer.

Rhus trilobata: Skunkbush Sumac
Edible, reddish berries on soft, bendable stems.

Ruellia peninsularis: Desert Ruellia
Blue or purple, trumpet-shaped flowers. .

Salvia chamaedryoides: Germander Sage / Mexican Blue Sage
Vivid dark blue flowers and fragrant leaves.

Salvia clevelandii: Fragrant Sage / Blue Sage
Fragrant, gray-green leaves and blue trumpet-shaped flowers.

Salvia greggii: Autumn Sage
Red flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Extra hardy during drought and heat.

Senna artemisioides: Silver Senna / Feathery Cassia
An evergreen shrub with clustered yellow flowers in winter and spring.

Senna wislizeni: Wislizenus' Senna / Shrubby Senna
Clustered yellow flowers.

Simmondsia chinensis: Jojoba
An evergreen shrub for a xeric garden.

Sophora secundiflora: Mescal Bean / Texas Mountain Laurel
An evergreen shrub or small tree producing fragrant, violet-blue flowers in drooping clusters. White seedpods persist for months.

Tagetes lemmonii: Lemmon's Marigold
Aromatic leaves and yellow flowers with orange centers.

Tecoma capensis: Cape Honeysuckle
Orange trumpet flowers and interesting patterned foliage.

Tecoma stans angustata: Yellow Bells
Yellow bell-like flowers 2" long.

Teucrium fruticans: Shrubby Germander / Tree Germander
An evergreen shrub with blue flowers and silver-blue leaves.

Vauquelinia californica: Arizona Rosewood
An evergreen shrub or small tree with clusters of small white flowers.

Yucca baccata: Banana Yucca
Long, sharp and narrow, evergreen leaves producing short stalks with red buds which develop into large, yellow-white flowers.

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


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