Shrubs for the Desert
Grows 6-10' high.
Tiny white flowers clustered on spikes with strong vanilla smell.
Attracts bees and butterflies. Deciduous.
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii:
Wright's Desert Honeysuckle / Flame Honeysuckle
Grows 3-5' high and wide.
Reddish-orange, tubular flowers. Attracts hummingbirds. Deciduous.
Thurber's Desert Honeysuckle
Grows to 6' high and wide.
Orange to red, tubular flowers. Attracts hummingbirds. Deciduous.
Texasplume / Orchid Tree
Grows 6-12' high.
Fragrant, white to pinkish flowers. Attracts butterflies. Deciduous.
Woolly Butterfly Bush
Grows to 5' high and wide. Ball-shaped clusters of orange
flowers. Attracts butterflies. Deciduous.
Bird-of-Paradise Shrub / Yellow Bird of Paradise
Grows 6' high and wide. Yellow flowers with red stamens 3" long.
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Evergreen but cold deciduous.
Mexican Holdback / Mexican Bird of Paradise
Grows 10-15' high and wide. Flowers with yellow petals and
yellow stamens. May attract hummingbirds. Evergreen but frost deciduous.
Pride-of-Barbados / Red Bird of Paradise
Grows 5-10' high and wide. Flowers with yellow, orange and red petals.
Attracts butterflies and possibly hummingbirds. Deciduous.
Tabardillo / Baja Fairy Duster
Grows 5-6' high and nearly wide. Flower are bright red
clustered stamens that resemble miniature dusters.
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
Grows 0.5-3' high and 2-3' wide. Pink, powder-puff flowers.
Seeds attract quail and other ground feeding birds.
Cold and drought deciduous.
Desert Ceanothus / Wild Lilac
Grows to 8' high and 6' wide.
Crowded clusters of small white flowers cover entire plant and
have fragrant lilac scent. Attracts quail and
other ground-feeding birds. Evergreen.
Grows to 2' high and wide. Fragrant, yellow, 1" daisies
cover entire plant. Attracts butterflies and bees. Evergreen.
Anacahuita / Mexican Olive
A large shrub, or with pruning, tree, growing 12-24' high and wide.
Two inch diameter, clustered, white flowers with yellow throats.
Attracts butterflies and birds. Evergreen but frost deciduous.
Small-leaf Geigertree / Little Leaf Cordia
Grows to 6' high and 8' wide. White flowers, 1-1.5" wide in clusters.
Evergreen but drought and frost deciduous.
Black Prairie Clover / Black Dalea
Grows 3-4' high and 5-6' wide. Rose-purple flowers in short spikes.
Attracts butterflies. Evergreen but frost deciduous.
Gregg's Prairie Clover / Trailing Indigo Bush
Grows 1-2' high by 6-8' wide. Small, clustered, rose to purple flowers.
Attracts bees, butterflies and birds. Deciduous.
Santa Catalina Prairie Clover / Indigo Bush
Grows to 5' high and wide. Purple flowers in clusters attract bees
and butterflies. Evergreen but drought deciduous.
Florida Hop Bush
Grows 12-15' high and 8-10' wide.
Papery, winged seed capsules attract birds. Evergreen.
Grows to 3' high and 5' wide. Yellow flowers cover entire plant.
Attracts butterflies. Evergreen.
Grows 3-6' high. White flowers, 1-2" wide with yellow centers.
Feathery, pink, seed head plumes. Deciduous.
Grows to 20' high. Very spiny green canes.
Orange to red flowers 1" long in clusters at top of canes.
Attracts hummingbirds. Drought deciduous.
Grows to 18' high and 15' wide. Inconspicuous flowers attract butterflies.
Small winged seeds eaten by birds. Semi-evergreen but drought deciduous.
Redflower False Yucca / Red Yucca
A succulent growing to 2' high and 3' wide.
Reddish tubular flowers, with yellow throats, hang from narrow spikes
on stalks up to 6' high. Attracts hummingbirds. Evergreen.
Grows 4-10' high and wide. Fragrant (lavender scent) leaves.
Small, clustered, purple flowers attract butterflies and bees.
Evergreen but frost deciduous.
Normally 2-4' high and wide. Can grow to 6' high.
Small flowers clustered into hemispheres of various colors
depending upon cultivar. Attracts butterflies and birds.
Evergreen but killed to ground in freezes.
Trailing Shrubverbena / Trailing Lantana
Grows 1-2' high by 4-6' wide. Small flowers in rounded clusters.
Attracts butterflies. Evergreen but killed to ground in freezes.
Texas Barometer Bush / Texas Sage
Grows 6-8' high and wide. Purple, pink or white flowers.
Green to silver leaves. Evergreen but cold deciduous.
Grows 6-10' high and wide. Fragrant bottlebrush flowers,
bright pink aging to white. Attracts butterflies
and pollinating insects. Birds, especially quail, eat
Grows 3-20' high depending on cultivar. Flowers bloom spring
through fall with many color varieties available. Evergreen.
A very ornamental plant and most drought resistant of all fruit trees.
Grows to 12' high.
Dark green holly-like leaves with soft spines and red stems.
Red berries in summer. Attracts birds. Evergreen.
Grows to 6' high and 8' wide. Edible, reddish berries. Deciduous.
Grows to 2-5' high and wide. Blue or purple trumpet-shaped flowers.
Evergreen to cold-deciduous.
Germander Sage / Mexican Blue Sage
Grows 1-3' high. Vivid dark blue flowers. Leaves are fragrant.
Fragrant Sage / Blue Sage
Grows to 5' high and 6' wide.
Gray-green leaves are fragrant. Blue trumpet-shaped flowers.
Grows 1-3' high and wide.
Red flowers, 1" long attract hummingbirds. Evergreen to cold deciduous.
Wislizenus' Senna / Shrubby Senna
Grows 4-6' high. Clustered yellow flowers 1" wide.
Attracts butterflies. Deciduous, or may die to the ground each winter
and grow back from roots.
Grows 6-8' high. If male and female plants are present, produces
acorn-like seeds valued for their waxy oil. Evergreen to cold-deciduous.
Mescal Bean / Texas Mountain Laurel
Grows 15-25' high and 5-15' wide. Fragrant violet-blue flowers in
drooping clusters. Attracts butterflies. Evergreen.
Grows 3-6' high and wide. Aromatic leaves.
Yellow flowers with orange centers.
Grows 7-10' high. Orange trumpet flowers.
Tecoma stans angustata:
Grows 4-10' high. Yellow bell-like flowers 2" long.
Grows 10-30' high and 5-15' wide.
Clusters of small white flowers attract bees and butterflies.
Grows to 4' tall. Flower stalk to 6' high.
Yellow-white flowers, from red buds, to 5" long.
Rocky Mountain Zinnia
Grows 1' high. Yellow flowers with orange eye. Attracts butterflies.