Gardening in Tucson, Phoenix, and the Desert Southwest



PLANTS
Butterfly Garden
Erosion Control
Fruit, Berries, Nuts
Grasses
Ground Cover
Hummingbird Garden
Long- and/or Winter-Blooming
Peppers, Chilies
Perennials
Plant List
Shrubs
Tomatoes
Trees
Vines
Wildflowers

GARDENING TIPS
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
Microclimates
Mulching
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

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Shrubs for the Desert


Botanical Name Index
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Aloysia gratissima: Whitebrush
Tiny white flowers clustered on spikes with strong vanilla smell. Attracts bees and butterflies.

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii: Wright's Desert Honeysuckle / Flame Honeysuckle
Reddish-orange, tubular flowers. Attracts hummingbirds.

Anisacanthus thurberi: Thurber's Desert Honeysuckle
Orange to red, tubular flowers. Attracts hummingbirds.

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

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

Caesalpinia gilliesii: Bird-of-Paradise Shrub / Yellow Bird of Paradise
Yellow flowers with red stamens 3" long. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

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

Caesalpinia pulcherrima: Pride-of-Barbados / Red Bird of Paradise
Flowers with yellow, orange and red petals. Attracts butterflies and possibly hummingbirds.

Calliandra californica: Tabardillo / Baja Fairy Duster
Flowers are bright red clustered stamens that resemble miniature dusters. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

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

Callistemon citrinus: Crimson Bottlebrush / Lemon Bottlebrush
Large red bottlebrush flowers.

Ceanothus greggii: Desert Ceanothus / Wild Lilac
Bright pink, red or magenta flowers before leaf-out. Attracts butterflies and birds.

Cercis orbiculata: California Redbud / Western Redbud
Bright rose-violet flowers attract butterflies. Seeds attract birds.

Chrysactinia mexicana: Damianita
Fragrant, yellow, 1" daisies cover entire plant.

Cordia boissieri: Anacahuita / Mexican Olive
A large shrub, that can be pruned into a tree. Two inch diameter, clustered, white flowers with yellow throats. Attracts butterflies and birds.

Cordia parvifolia: Small-leaf Geigertree / Little Leaf Cordia
White flowers, 1-1.5" wide in clusters.

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

Dalea greggii: Gregg's Prairie Clover / Trailing Indigo Bush
Small, clustered, rose to purple flowers. Attracts bees, butterflies and birds.

Dalea pulchra: Santa Catalina Prairie Clover / Indigo Bush
Purple flowers in clusters attract bees and butterflies.

Dodonaea viscosa: Florida Hop Bush
Papery, winged seed capsules attract birds.

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

Eremophila glabra: Common Emu Bush
Red tubular flowers. Attracts hummingbirds.

Eremophila hygrophana: Blue Emu Bush
Blue tubular flowers. Blooms most of year.

Eremophila maculata var maculata: Red Eremophila / Valentine Bush
Shrub: tubular flowers in red and other colors.

Eremophila maculata var. brevifolia: Spotted Emu Bush
Shrub: spotted tubular flowers in a variety of colors.

Ericameria laricifolia: Turpentine Bush
Yellow flowers cover entire plant. Attracts butterflies.

Erythrina flabelliformis: Coralbean
Red, tubular flowers, 3" long, in clusters.

Fallugia paradoxa: Apache Plume
White flowers, 1-2" wide with yellow centers. Feathery, pink, seed head plumes.

Fouquieria splendens: Ocotillo
Very spiny green canes. Orange to red flowers 1" long in clusters at top of canes. Attracts hummingbirds.

Fraxinus greggii: Gregg's Ash / Littleleaf Ash
Inconspicuous flowers attract butterflies. Small winged seeds eaten by birds.

Hesperaloe parviflora: Redflower False Yucca / Red Yucca
A succulent. Reddish tubular flowers, with yellow throats, hang from narrow spikes on stalks up to 6' high. Attracts hummingbirds.

Hyptis emoryi: Desert Lavender
Fragrant (lavender scent) leaves. Small, clustered, purple flowers attract butterflies and bees.

Justicia spicigera: Mexican Honeysuckle
Clusters of orange, tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds.

Lantana camara: Lantana
Can grow to 6' high. Small flowers clustered into hemispheres of various colors depending upon cultivar. Attracts butterflies and birds.

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

Larrea tridentata: Creosote Bush
Small yellow flowers. Shiny green, resinous leaves.

Leucophyllum frutescens: Texas Barometer Bush / Texas Sage
Purple, pink or white flowers. Green to silver leaves.

Lysiloma watsonii: Littleleaf False Tamarind / Desert Fern
White puffball flowers attract butterflies. Fern-like leaves.

Mimosa dysocarpa: Velvetpod Mimosa
Fragrant bottlebrush flowers, bright pink aging to white. Attracts butterflies and pollinating insects. Birds, especially quail, eat seeds.

Nerium oleander: Oleander
Flowers bloom spring through fall with many color varieties available.

Pomegranate: Punica granatum
A very ornamental plant and most drought resistant of all fruit trees.

Rhamnus ilicifolia: Hollyleaf Redberry
Dark green holly-like leaves with soft spines and red stems. Red berries in summer. Attracts birds.

Rhus trilobata: Skunkbush Sumac
Edible, reddish berries.

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

Salvia chamaedryoides: Germander Sage / Mexican Blue Sage
Vivid dark blue flowers. Leaves are fragrant.

Salvia clevelandii: Fragrant Sage / Blue Sage
Gray-green leaves are fragrant. Blue trumpet-shaped flowers.

Salvia greggii: Autumn Sage
Red flowers, 1" long attract hummingbirds.

Senna artemisioides: Silver Senna / Feathery Cassia
Clustered yellow flowers in winter and spring.

Senna splendida: Golden Wonder Senna
Vivid yellow, cupped flowers in clusters. Dark green, round to oval leaves.

Senna wislizeni: Wislizenus' Senna / Shrubby Senna
Clustered yellow flowers 1" wide. Attracts butterflies.

Simmondsia chinensis: Jojoba
If male and female plants are present, produces acorn-like seeds valued for their waxy oil.

Sophora secundiflora: Mescal Bean / Texas Mountain Laurel
Fragrant violet-blue flowers in drooping clusters. Seedpods persist for months.

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

Tecoma capensis: Cape Honeysuckle
Orange trumpet flowers. Attracts hummingbirds.

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

Ungnadia speciosa: Mexican Buckeye
Grows 10-15' high. Fragrant rose-purple flowers. Attracts butterflies and birds.

Vauquelinia californica: Arizona Rosewood
Clusters of small white flowers attract bees and butterflies.

Yucca baccata: Banana Yucca
Flower stalk to 6' high. Yellow-white flowers, from red buds, to 5" long.

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


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