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Mirabilis multiflora (photo courtesy of Stephen Ingram)

Desert Four O’Clock

Mirabilis multiflora

Native to much of the Southwest. Grows to 1–2 ft. high and 3–5 ft. wide, with magenta flow...

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Desert Hackberry

Celtis pallida

Native to southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. Small tree or shrub with dense, spiny growth to 18 ft...

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Desert Honeysuckle

Anisacanthus

Heat-loving shrubs have nectar-filled tubular flowers with two lobes above the mouth, three on the low...

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Anisacanthus quadrifidus wrightii (photo courtesy of Plant Delights Nursery)

Desert Honeysuckle

Anisacanthus quadrifidus wrightii

Native to southeastern Texas, northeastern Mexico. Grows to 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide, with dark green le...

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Olneya tesota

Desert Ironwood

Olneya tesota

Thorny native of the Southwest’s Sonoran Desert; also found in warm-winter areas of California. ...

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Hyptis emoryi (photo courtesy of Scott Calhoun)

Desert Lavender

Hyptis emoryi

Covered with woolly gray leaves to conserve moisture in its native Southwest deserts, this erect or sp...

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Desert Locust

Robinia neomexicana

Native from California's mountains to Arizona and New Mexico, this thorny plant usually grows about 6 ...

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Desert Mahonia

Mahonia fremontii

Native to deserts of the Southwest. Upright, many-stemmed plant grows to 3–12 ft. tall and 6 ft....

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Baileya multiradiata

Desert Marigold

Baileya multiradiata

Western American desert native grows 1 to 1 1/2 ft. high, displaying inch-wide flowers above gray-gree...

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Desert Sage

Salvia dorrii

May have a rounded habit or form a spreading mat; grows 1–3 ft. high, 2–4 ft. wide. Branch...

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Dasylirion wheeleri

Desert Spoon

Dasylirion wheeleri

Forms a near-spherical clump 3–5 ft. high, 4–5 ft. wide. Stiff, spiky, bluish gray leaves ...

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Desert Sumac

Rhus microphylla

Native to southwesternU.S. and Mexico.Grows to 8 ft. (possibly 15 ft.)tall, 12 ft. wide. Leaves arediv...

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