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Malephora luteola

Rocky Point Ice Plant

Grows to 1 ft. high and 6 ft. wide, with bright green foliage. Inch-wide yellow flowers bloom during most of the year. More vigorous than M. crocea.

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Psilostrophe cooperi

Whitestem Paper Flower

Native to 2,000–5,000-ft. elevations in the desert mountains of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and northern Mexico. Grows into a mound 12–18 in. tall and twice as wide, with whi...

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Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Flying Saucers’ (photo courtesy of PlantHaven International, Inc.)

Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Flying Saucers’

Nearly sterile selection with single, flat, 2-in.-wide yellow flowers over a long period.

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Bouvardia ternifolia

Native to Texas, Mexico. To 3 ft. tall, 2 1/2–3 ft. wide; 2-in. leaves in whorls of three or four. Unscented, inch-long red flowers in loose clusters at branch ends in summer and early fall. Forms have pink, rose, or coral blossoms. Little water.

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Pinus banksiana

Jack Pine

Native from the Arctic Circle to Minnesota. Slow to moderate growth to 30–50 ft. tall (often less) and 10–15 ft. wide. In youth, a symmetrical pyramid; in age, irregular and more spreading, often picturesque. Sometimes remains shrubby. Good windbreak. Olive green needles to 2 in. long are held in groups of two and are often curved or twisted. Cones are yellowish brown, 1–3 in. long. Tolerates poor soil, even sand. Popular ‘Uncle Fogy’ has a very irregular

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Opuntia basilaris

Beavertail Cactus

Low-branching plant grows to 1 ft. high and 4 ft. wide. Oval to roundish gray-green to purplish pads are 2–12 in. wide and 1/2 in. thick, set with spines up to 2 in. long. Rich rose-purple, 2–3-in. spring flowers.

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Mountain Mahogany

Natives of Western American mountains and foothills. Several have a most attractive open structure and branching pattern. Distinguished in fall by long-lasting small fruit topped by a long, twisted...

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Eupatorium greggii

Native to Arizona, Texas. Weak-stemmed plant to 1 1/2–2 1/2 ft. high, 2–3 ft. wide, with clusters of fluffy lavender flowers from spring to fall. Lacy, divided leaves are somewhat hairy and usually sparse. Best with afternoon shade or light shade all day; good groundcover beneath desert trees. Drought-tolerant though it looks best with occasional water. ‘Boothill’, first found near Tombstone, Arizona, is a choice form.

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Lampranthus blandus (photo courtesy of K-Pix/Alamy)

Lampranthus blandus

Pink Vygie

Grows to 6 in. high. Leaves look like agglomerations of tiny green pyramids. Flowers are pale pink daisies.

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Euphorbia antisyphilitica


Native to southwestern U.S., Mexico. Erect plant to 3 ft. high, spreading by underground stems. Cylindrical pale green stems are covered with wax used commercially in making candles. Inflorescence consists of red bracts and white petal-like appendages in a star shape. Good for rock gardens, containers. Withstands light frosts.

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Ornithogalum umbellatum

Star of Bethlehem

From the eastern Mediterranean. Stems to 1 ft. tall bear clusters of 1-in. white flowers striped green on the outside. Semierect, grassy-looking leaves are about as long as the flower stems. Cut flowers last well but close at night. Once established, may naturalize and become weedy.

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Rhamnus ilicifolia

Hollyleaf Redberry

Evergreen shrub, native to Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada foothills, mountains of Southern California, Arizona, and Baja California. Bulky shrub or shrubby tree grows to a possible 15 ft. tall, nea...

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