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Plants

Add any of these low-water plants to your Phoenix xeriscape. Just download a PDF, and bring it with you to your local Greater Phoenix nursery. Be sure to come back…you’ll find even more xeriscape plants for your desert garden!

BOTANICAL NAME COMMON NAME DESCRIPTION LEARN MORE
Trees
Acacia smallii Sweet Acacia 20′ tall/wide, full sun, moderately fast growth, low water Download
Acacia stenophylla Shoestring Acacia 40′ x 20′, full sun, moderately fast growth, low water Download
Bursera microphylla Elephant Tree 20′ tall/wide, full sun, moderate  growth, low water Download
Caesalpinia cacalaco Cascalote 15′ x 15′, full sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Chilopsis linearis Desert Willow 25′ x 20′, full sun, fast growth, low water Download
Ebenopsis ebano Texas Ebony 40′ x 40′, full sun, slow growth, very low water Download
Olneya tesota Ironwood 25′ x 20′, full sun, slow growth, very low water Download
Pachycormus discolor Elephant Tree Up to 25′, full sun, slow growth, very low water Download
Parkinsonia ‘Desert Museum’ Desert Museum Palo Verde 25′ x 25′, full/reflected sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Parkinsonia florida Blue Palo Verde 30′ x 25′, full sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Parkinsonia microphylla Foothills Palo Verde 15′ x 15′, full sun, slow growth, very low water Download
Parkinsonia praecox Palo Brea 25′ x 25′, full sun, moderately fast growth, very low water Download
Prosopis chilensis Chilean Mesquite 30′ x 30′, full sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Prosopis glandulosa Texas Honey Mesquite 25′ x 30′, full sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Shrubs
Abutilon palmeri Indian Mallow 5′ x 5′, full/reflected/part sun, fast growth, low water Download
Ambrosia deltoidea Triangle Leaf Bursage 2′ x 2′, full/reflected sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Caesalpinia gilliesii Yellow Bird of Paradise 8′ x 6′, full sun, moderately fast growth, low water Download
Caesalpinia mexicana Mexican Bird of Paradise 10′ x 8′, full/part sun, moderately fast growth, moderate water Download
Caesalpinia pulcherrima Red Bird of Paradise 8′x 8′, full/part sun, fast growth, moderate water Download
Calliandra californica Baja Fairy Duster 4′ x 4′, full sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Calliandra eriophylla Pink Fairy Duster 2′ x 3′, full sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Cordia parvifolia Littleleaf Cordia 6′ x 8′, full/reflected/part sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Dalea frutescens Black Dalea 3′ x 4′, full sun, moderately fast growth, low water Download
Dalea pulchra Indigo Bush 4′ x 5′, full/reflected sun, moderately fast growth, low water Download
Dalea versicolor Weeping Dalea 4′ x 4′, full/part sun, moderately fast growth, low water Download
Dodonaea viscosa Hop Bush 12′ x 12′, full sun/part shade, moderate growth, low water Download
Encelia farinosa Brittlebush 4′ x 4′, full/reflected sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Fallugia paradoxa Apache Plume 6′ x 4′, full sun, fast growth, low water Download
Hyptis emoryi Desert Lavendar 10′ x 8′, full/reflected sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Justicia californica Chuparosa 6′ x 12′, full sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Larrea tridentata Cresote 6′ x 6′, full/reflected sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Leucophyllum frutescens Texas Ranger 6′ x 4′, full/reflected sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Leucophyllum laevigatum Chihuahuan Sage 4′ x 5′, full sun, moderately fast growth, very low water Download
Plumbago auriculata Cape Plumbago 6′ x 8′, full/part sun, fast growth, low water Download
Salvia clevelandii Cleveland Sage 5′ x 5′, full/part sun, fast growth, low water Download
Simmondsia chinensis Jojoba 6′ x 6′, full/reflected sun, slow growth, very low water Download
Tecoma stans v angustata Yellow Bells 6′ x 6′, full/reflected sun, fast growth, low water Download
Tecoma x ‘Orange Jubilee’ Orange Jubilee 6′ x 6′, full/reflected sun, fast growth, low water Download
Vauquelinia californica Arizona Rosewood 12′ x 8′, full/part sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Cacti & Succulents
Agave americana Century Plant 8′ x 12′, full sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Agave colorata Mescal Ceniza 3′ x 3′, full/reflected sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Agave macroacantha Black-Toothed Agave 2′ x 2′, full/part sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Agave murpheyi Murphy’s Agave 3′ x 3′, full sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Agave victoriae reginae Queen Victoria Agave 18″ x 18″, full/part sun, slow growth, very low water Download
Aloe ferox Tree Aloe 12′ x 6′, full/part sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Aloe vera Medicinal aloe 3′ x 4′, full/part sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Beaucarnea recurvata Ponytail Palm 30′ x 12′, full/part sun, slow growth, low water Download
Bulbine frutescens Yellow Bulbine 1′ x 3′, full sun to part shade, moderately fast growth, low water Download
Carnegiea gigantea Saguaro 50′ x 2′, full sun, slow growth, very low water Download
Cereus hildmannianus Peruvian Apple Cactus 30′ x 15′, full sun, fast growth, low water Download
Dasylirion wheeleri Desert Spoon 8′ x 6′, full/part sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Echinocactus grusonii Golden Barrel Cactus 3′ x 2′, full/part sun, slow growth, very low water Download
Echinocereus engelmannii Hedgehog Cactus 6″ x 3′, full sun, slow growth, very low water Download
Echinopsis huascha Orange Torch Cactus 3′ x 3′, full/part sun, slow growth, very low water Download
Echinopsis hybrid Easter Lily Cactus 1′ x 1′, full/part sun, slow growth, very low water Download
Euphorbia antisyphilitica Candelilla 2′ x 3′, full sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Euphorbia resinifera Moroccan Spurge 3′ x 3′, full/part sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Euphorbia rigida Gopher Plant 2′ x 3′, full/part sun, moderately fast growth, low water Download
Ferocactus cylindraceus Compass Barrel 4′ x 2′, full sun, slow growth, very low water Download
Fouquieria splendens Ocotillo 18′ x 12′, full/reflected sun, slow growth, very low water Download
Hechtia montana False Agave 2′ x 2′, part sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Hesperaloe parviflora Red Yucca 4′ x 6′, full/reflected sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Mammillaria grahamii Fishhook Pincushion 6″ x 2″, full/part sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Manfreda virginica Manfreda 18″ x 5′, full/part sun, moderate growth, moderate water Download
Nolina microcarpa Bear Grass 4′ x 6′, full/part sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Opuntia engelmannii Prickly Pear 3′ x 10′, full/reflected sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Opuntia ficus-indica Indian Fig 15′ x 10′, full sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Opuntia santa rita Santa Rita Prickly Pear 4′ x 6′, full/reflected sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Pachypodium lamerei Madagascar Palm 15′ x 2′, full/part sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Pedilanthus macrocarpus Slipper Plant 3′ x 3′, full/part sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Yucca elata Soaptree Yucca 15′ x 15′, full sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Groundcovers
Convolvulus cneorum Bush Morning Glory 2′ x 4′, full/reflected sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Lantana hybrid ‘New Gold’ Lantana 1′ x 3′, full/reflected sun, gast growth, moderate water Download
Malephora crocea Gray Ice Plant 6″ x 4′, full/part sun, moderately fast growth, low water Download
Rosmarinus officinalis Trailing Rosemary 1′ x 2′, full sun, moderately fast growth, low water Download
Annuals & Perennials
Baileya multiradiata Desert Marigold 1′ x 1′, full/reflected sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Berlandiera lyrata Chocolate Flower 1′ x 2′, full/part sun, fast growth, low water Download
Castilleja exserta Owl’s Clover 18″ x 1′, full sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Dicliptera resupinata Arizona Foldwing 2′ x 2′, full/part sun, moderate growth, moderate water Download
Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana Mexican Gold Poppy 6-12″ tall, full sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Glandularia gooddingii Gooding’s Verbena 1′ x 1′, full/part sun, fast growth, low water Download
Linum lewisii Blue Flax 3′ x 2′, full/reflected sun, fast growth, moderate water Download
Melampodium leucanthum Blackfoot Daisy 1′ x 2′, full/part sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Penstemon eatonii Firecracker Penstemon 3′ x 1′, full/part sun, moderate growth,  low water Download
Penstemon parryi Parry’s Penstemon 8″ x 2′, full/part sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Penstemon pseudospectabilis Canyon Penstemon 3′ x 2′, full/part sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Psilostrophe cooperi Paperflower 1′ x 18″, full/part sun, moderate growth, very low water Download
Sphaeralcea ambigua Desert Globemallow 3′ x 3′, full sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Tetraneuris acaulis Angelita Daisy 8″ x 1′, full/part sun, fast growth, low water Download
Vines
Callaeum macropterum Yellow Orchid Vine 15′ x 15′, full/reflected sun, moderate growth, low water Download
Cissus trifoliata Arizona Grape Ivy 15-30′ x 10′, full sun to shade, moderate growth, low water Download
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Grasses
Aristida purpurea Purple Threeawn 2′ x 2′, full/reflected sun, fast growth, very low water Download
Muhlenbergia capillaris Pink Muhly 4′ x 4′, full/reflected/part sun, fast growth, low water Download
Muhlenbergia dumosa Bamboo Muhly 4′ x 4′, full/reflected/part sun, moderate growth, moderate water Download
Muhlenbergia rigens Deer Grass 3′ x 4′, full/reflected/part sun, fast growth, low water Download
Sporobolus airoides Alkali Sacaton 3′ x 2′, full/part sun, fast growth, low water Download
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