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Plants For Creosote Bush Scrub

Abronia pogonantha

Abronia pogonantha Desert Sand Verbena
Desert Sand Verbena has white to light purple flowers and gray leaves. It is a wonderful annual verbena from the clean sandy areas of the Mojave desert, southern end of the San Joaquin Valley, and on ... Learn more.

Abronia villosa villosa

Abronia villosa villosa Sand Verbena
An annual with bright pink flowers. It grows in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts in sand. You'll usually find Sand Verbena in weed-free openings in loose sand. Commonly mixed with Oenothera species, Ba... Learn more.

Abutilon palmeri

Abutilon palmeri Indian Mallow
Indian Mallow is a soft, fuzzy leaved perennial that lives in the hot desert. How such a soft plant can live on rocky, dry slopes is befuddling. In the garden it can be equally astounding. Flowers see... Learn more.

Acacia greggii

Acacia greggii Wait-a-minute Bush
Cat Claw is a small tree or deciduous shrub, with yellow 2" spikes of flowers. A sunny desert plant that is an effective border patrol. Thorns grab and won't let go. It has survived here in container... Learn more.

Agave deserti

Agave deserti Desert Agave
A clumping, almost stemless plant that usually grows in colonies, new plants being produced by basal lateral shoots, and the individual plants are several feet wide. The leaves, arising from a wood... Learn more.

Arabis pulchra gracilis

Arabis pulchra gracilis Beautiful Rockcress
Arabis pulchra var. gracilis, or Beautiful Rockcress, is a three foot tall perennial with purple flowers. This colorful perennial is a member of the mustard family. It is very much like wallflower b... Learn more.

Argemone corymbosa

Argemone corymbosa
Mojave prickly poppy is a prickly little perennial that grows amongst the rocks. Needs dry conditions and no water after the first few waterings.... Learn more.

Aristida purpurea

Aristida purpurea Purple 3-awn
Purple three awn grass is a perennial grass of the Kansas prairie that can be spotted in many small patches throughout Southern California. A grass lovers dream grass, small clumps of green stems with... Learn more.

Asclepias erosa

Asclepias erosa California Desert Milkweed
(A.leucophylla, A.l. var.obtusa, A.erosa var. obtusa,A.obtusata, A.Rothrockii) Asclepias erosa is a desert milkweed. It has some of the most beautiful silver foliage with hints of purple in the vein... Learn more.

Atriplex canescens

Atriplex canescens Four-wing Salt Bush
Four-wing Salt Bush is an evergray shrub that grows to 5 ft. Native to dry areas, western U.S. Needs full sun. It becomes very drought tolerant after a few good waterings. The whole plant is edible (y... Learn more.

Atriplex hymenelytra

Atriplex hymenelytra Desert Holly
Desert Holly is a 2-3 ft high, gray-white subshrub that grows from Utah to southern California. This Atriplex is sometimes used in decorations. Needs good drainage or desert conditions, and as little ... Learn more.

Atriplex polycarpa

Atriplex polycarpa Alkali Saltbush
Shrub, gray-white, not the prettiest but the toughest, used for bird and animal cover in revegetation. Dioecious. (Note: The Atriplexes from arid enviroments have a C4 photosynthetic pathway which is... Learn more.

Baccharis emoryi

Baccharis emoryi Emory Baccharis
This Baccharis looks like a natural, stable hybrid between Mulefat(Baccharis viminea) and Baccharis pilularis var. consanguinea(Coyote Brush). Common in sandy washes throughout the inner areas of sou... Learn more.

Baccharis glutinosa

Baccharis glutinosa Water Wally
A deciduous willow -like shrub to 10 feet. Male and female flowers are on separate plants. Long, vertical stems make the appearance of this plant undesirable for the formal garden, but in a wild gard... Learn more.

Baccharis sarothroides

Baccharis sarothroides Broom Baccharis
A fast growing shrub(it losses its leaves but looks evergreen, like a broom plant). Very colorful yellow flowers make a great show in summer. Use for stream bank stabilization in S. California. It wil... Learn more.

Baccharis sergiloides

Baccharis sergiloides Squaw Waterweed
A 4-6 ft, shrub that will be leafless under stress. In spring if it is happy it is covered with bright yellow flowers. Native from Inyo to Utah to San Diego.... Learn more.

Baileya multiradiata

Baileya multiradiata Desert Marigold
Desert Marigold is a short lived perennial that grows to 2 foot high and lives in the deserts of the Southwest. Its flowers look like yellow marigolds on a light green marigold plant. Easily rotted wi... Learn more.

Beloperone californica

Beloperone californica Chuparosa
Beloperone californica is a deciduous shrub to 4 ft., gray-green succulent plant with tubular red to yellow flowers, native to deserts of California, Ariz. and Mex., will freeze to ground but will usu... Learn more.

Calliandra eriophylla

Calliandra eriophylla Fairy Duster
Fairy Duster is a 1 to 3 ft. shrub to sub-shrub that is native from San Diego County through New Mexico and south to Mexico. The 1-2 inch flowers are like a red cross between acacia and bottlebrush. ... Learn more.

Calochortus species

Calochortus species Mariposa Lilly
Bulbs. 1', flowers like tulip, yellow, purple to white, part shade to full sun, no summer water, in most of Ca. perfect drainage. It takes 3-5 years from seed to grow the bulb up to salable size. Ever... Learn more.

Calyptridium monandrum
Annual, low, spreading stems or flat to the ground, leaves in a basal rosette, flowers minute, in sandy, open areas, coast, chaparral, desert, forest. disappears after flowering. sSN, Teh, sSnJV, SCoR... Learn more.

Carex praegracilis

Carex praegracilis Clustered Field Sedge
Common in meadows, open, wet areas, marshes, seeps, seasonally wet edges of ponds, frequently alkaline soil, wide distribution , valleys up to middle elevations in CA, grows in western NA, to central ... Learn more.

Carnegia gigantea

Carnegia gigantea Sahuara
The large cactus of the westerns. Some are 60 ft. tall.(And 250 years+ old.) There are people that are licensed with the USDA and Ariz. State to handle these plants. If it is dug from the wild it must... Learn more.

Cassia armata

Cassia armata Desert Senna
2 feet high, flowers yellow 2" across, dead looking desert plant until April-May then covered with flowers, needs perfect drainage,no summer water ANYWHERE BUT DESERT. Yearly rainfall ONLY 5-8 INCHES... Learn more.

Celtis reticulata

Celtis reticulata Hackberry
Celtis reticulata, or Hackberry, is a small, deciduous tree to 30'which grows best in full sun (a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight), and with regular water but can become very drought tolerant... Learn more.

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