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Plants For Joshua Tree Woodland

Nicotiana obtusifolia

Nicotiana obtusifolia Desert Tobacco
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Nolina parryii

Nolina parryii Parryi Nolina
Parry Nolina grows along the desert side of the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mtns. and interior hills of Riverside and San Diego counties. It looks kinda like a tall pineapple with a six foot stalk... Learn more.

Oenothera deltoides

Oenothera deltoides Desert Primrose
A beautiful annual or short lived perennial(like every perennial in the trade) of the much of the desert areas of Southern California. This picture was taken around Ridgecrest, but I have seen it at t... Learn more.

Oenothera primiveris

Oenothera primiveris Yellow Sun Cups
A beautiful annual of the western deserts. This picture was taken around Ridgecrest,. This plant disappears after flowering, nothing there. I doubt you will every see it in commercial seed packs, it w... Learn more.

Opuntia basilaris

Opuntia basilaris Beavertail Cactus
A small well behaved cactus that grows in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. Native from Ridgecrest area to Utah and S. to Mexico. Give sun and little or no water. Very difficult in clay soils, acid soi... Learn more.

Opuntia phaeacantha

Opuntia phaeacantha Tulip Prickly Pear
Opuntia phaeacantha, Mojave Prickly Pear grows in rocky areas of Creosote woodland and Pinyon Juniper washes.... Learn more.

Penstemon incertus

Penstemon incertus Western Desert Penstemon
Penstemon incertus is showy sky blue perennial that has 2 foot of light green (with a little silver) foliage with 2 foot spikes of blue above it. It grows along the desert edges from north L.A. to Lo... Learn more.

Penstemon palmeri

Penstemon palmeri Balloon Flower
Balloon flower is a 2' perennial with a 3' flower spikes of 1-2" whitish-pink flowers, over white-gray leaves. Native to desert mountains. It is fairly easy with good drainage. It loves it in the dese... Learn more.

Penstemon speciosus

Penstemon speciosus Sagebrush Penstemon
A 2' perennial with 1-2" sky blue flowers, May-July. Native to southeastern Sierra Nevada to Wash., Idaho, Utah. It likes full sun good drainage and little water. It is a drought tolerant, a showy bor... Learn more.

Penstemon thurberi

Penstemon thurberi Desert Surprise
A 2-3' perennial with small narrow leaves on slender stems with 1/2" blue flowers that are not showy but very interesting. The whole plant is a kind of invisible wild flower that is used by hummingbir... Learn more.

Phacelia campanularia

Phacelia campanularia Desert Bluebell
There are a couple of forms of this. ssp. campanularia that grows in the S.E. Calif. desert. ssp. vasiformis grows in the middle desert. The trade does not recongize either and only sells the species.... Learn more.

Populus fremontii

Populus fremontii Western Cottonwood
A deciduous tree. Plant and stand back, very fast with regular water, on one site 30' in a year. We grow male trees, females have cotton. An excellent shade tree. Keep away from septic system. Do not ... Learn more.

Populus fremontii Carrizo

Populus fremontii Carrizo Fremont Cottonwood
'Carrizo', This form is for interior plantings only. It will get rust if the climate is too moist. This form is very tough. It should do fine in most desert sites and even into parts of the Great Basi... Learn more.

Populus fremontii Zapata

Populus fremontii Zapata Fremont Cottonwood
''Zapata'comes from a parent tree that is 80' tall and 40' wide out in a stream bed of a customers property. I had to stand on my pickup roof with a 10' pole pruner to get a bottom branch. It is nativ... Learn more.

Populus fremontiiX Calm

Populus fremontiiX Calm Fremont Cottonwood
'Calm' is from the California Living Museum in Bakersfield, this is at the mouth of Kern Canyon.This is a series of plants and they are not sex defined, they can have cotton. We use these for revegeta... Learn more.

Prunus fasciculata

Prunus fasciculata Desert Almond
A rather nondescript deciduous shrub to 6\'. It\'s flowers are mot showy. There are little almonds on it in summer. It is a good transition plant between the oaks and the desert. It is also a good wil... Learn more.

Psilostrophe cooperi

Psilostrophe cooperi Paper flower
Whitestem Paperflower is a very heavy flowering perennial that grows in the desert mountains from Southern California through New Mexico and up into Utah. Give sun and little water after the first ... Learn more.

Purshia glandulosa

Purshia glandulosa Desert bitterbrush
Desert bitterbrush is anevergreen shrub that grows to 4' tall and 6' across. It is native from Tom's place north of Bishop, east into west central Nevada and south along the east side of the Sierras t... Learn more.

Purshia stansburiana

Purshia stansburiana Cliff Rose
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Ribes quercetorum

Ribes quercetorum Yellow Gooseberry
A sprawling 3' deciduous shrub. Its flowers are yellow in Mar.-May. Native to foothill slopes in south coast ranges and Sierra Nevada. It likes sun to part shade, partly dry to moderate water. This is... Learn more.

Rosa woodsii glabrata

Rosa woodsii glabrata Mojave Rose
Mojave Rose looks like a cross between Rosa californica and Rosa woodsii var. ultramontana. This rose grows in springs in the Mojave Desert. Not super thorny, nice flower with nice hips. Should be us... Learn more.

Salazaria mexicana

Salazaria mexicana Bladder-Sage
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Salvia columbariae

Salvia columbariae Chia
A little annual sage that doesn't look like a sage. Not much scent but nice 1 inch flowers on a 1-2 foot plant. Native on the south slopes on rock or gravel. Chia grows commonly on disturbed soil. But... Learn more.

Salvia dorrii

Salvia dorrii Desert Sage
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Salvia mohavensis

Salvia mohavensis Mojave sage
(syn. Audibertia capitata, Audibertiella c., Ramona c.) Mojave sage is a nice little perennial sage from the Little San Bernardino mountains to the Clark mountains of Nevada. Bright fuzzy green leaves... Learn more.

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