Extremely useful and attractive desert shrubs from the southwestern states and northern Mexico. All have finely divided foliage and clusters of small sweet pea–shaped flowers. The taller shrub types should be cut back by half during their first 3 or 4 years to encourage dense growth. Overwatering or summer drought can result in partial leaf drop.Dalea frutescens
Mounded growth to 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. across, with silvery green, lacy foliage. Purple flower clusters appear from fall to spring.
Native to southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. Small tree or shrub with dense, spiny growth to 18 ft...
Native to Texas and Mexico. Compact, rounded plant to 2–3 ft. tall and wide; puts on a good show...
Native to southern Arizona, Baja California, and Mexico. Leaves to 4 in. long.