Arid Plant List

an illustrated guide to common landscape plants
used in and around the Tucson area

Compiled by the Master Gardeners of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


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listed alphabetically by botanical name
(switch to list alphabetized by common name)
 
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
 
Botanical name common name family
A
Abelia grandiflora Glossy abelia Caprifoliaceae
Acacia aneura Mulga tree Fabaceae
Acacia constricta White thorn acacia Fabaceae
Acacia craspedocarpa Leather leaf acacia Fabaceae
Acacia cultiformis Knife acacia Fabaceae
Acacia farnesiana Sweet acacia Fabaceae
Acacia greggii Cat-claw acacia Fabaceae
Acacia karroo Karroo thorn acacia Fabaceae
Acacia redolens Prostrate acacia Fabaceae
Acacia salicina Willow acacia Fabaceae
Acacia saligna Blue leaf wattleFabaceae
Acacia smallii Sweet acacia Fabaceae
Acacia willardiana Palo blanco Fabaceae
Agave americana Century plant Agavaceae
Agave parryi huachucensis Parry's agave Agavaceae
Agave vilmoriniana Octopus agave Agavaceae
Agave weberii Weber's agave Agavaceae
Ageratum corymbosum Butterfly mistAsteraceae
Aloe barbadensis Aloe vera, medicinal aloe Liliaceae
Aloe saponaria African aloe Liliaceae
Ambrosia deltoidea Triangle-leaf bursage Asteraceae
Antigonon leptopus Queen's wreath Polygonaceae
Asclepias subulata Desert Milkweed Asclepidaceae
Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri' Asparagus fern Liliaceae
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Baileya multiradiata Desert marigold Asteraceae
Bauhinia lunarioides Chihuahuan orchid shrubFabaceae
Berlandiera lyrata Chocolate flowerAsteraceae
Bignonia capreolata Cross vine Bignoniaceae
Bougainvillea glabra  New Photos Bougainvillea Nyctaginaceae
Brachychiton populneus Bottle tree Sterculiaceae
Brahea armata Mexican blue palmArecacea
Buchloe dactyloides Buffalo grass Gramineae
Buddleia marrubifolia Woolly butterfly bush Loganiaceae
Bulbine frutescens Bulbine Liliaceae
Buxus microphylla japonica Boxwood Buxaceae
C
Caesalpinia gilliesii Yellow bird of paradise Fabaceae
Caesalpinia mexicana Mexican bird of paradise Fabaceae
Caesalpinia pulcherrima Red bird of paradise Fabaceae
Calliandra californica Baja fairy duster Fabaceae
Calliandra eriophylla Native fairy duster Fabaceae
Callistemon viminalis Weeping bottlebrush Myrtaceae
Calylophus hartwegii SundropsOnagraceae
Campsis radicans Common trumpet creeper Bignoniaceae
Carnegiea gigantea Saguaro Cactaceae
Cassia artemisioides Feathery cassia Fabaceae
Castilleja exserta Owl's clover Scrophulariaceae
Celtis pallida Desert hackberry Ulmaceae
Celtis reticulata Netleaf hackberry Ulmaceae
Cercidium floridum Blue palo verde Fabaceae
Cercidium microphyllum Foothills palo verde Fabaceae
Cercis occidentalis Western redbudFabaceae
Chamaerops humilis Mediterranean fan palm Palmae
Chilopsis linearis Desert willow Bignoniaceae
Chrysactinia mexicana Damianita daisy Asteraceae
Cleome isomeris BladderpodCapparaceae
Cocculus laurifolius Laurel-leaf cocculusMenispermaceae
Cordia boissieri Texas olive Boraginaceae
Cordia parvifolia Litle leaf cordia Boraginaceae
Crossosoma bigelovii Rhyolite bushCrossosoma
Cupressus arizonica Arizona cypress Cupressaceae
Cupressus sempervirens Italian cypress Cupressaceae
Cycas revoluta Sago palm Cycadaceae
Cylindropuntia bigelovii Teddy bear cholla Cactaceae
Cylindropuntia versicolor Staghorn cholla Cactaceae
Cytisus spachianus see Genista racemosa
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Dalbergia sissoo Sissoo tree Fabaceae
Dalea frutescens Black dalea Fabaceae
Dalea greggii Trailing indigo bush Fabaceae
Dalea pulchra Bush daleaFabaceae
Dasylirion longissima Toothless spoon Agavaceae
Dasylirion wheeleri Desert spoon Agavaceae
Dimorphotheca aurantiaca African DaisyAsteraceae
Dodonaea viscosa Hopseed bush Sapindaceae
Dyssodia pentachaeta Golden dyssodiaAsteraceae
E
Ebenopsis ebano see Pithecellobium flexicaule
Echinocactus grusonii Golden barrelCactaceae
Ehretia anacua Sandpaper treeBoraginaceae
Encelia farinosa Brittle bush Asteraceae
Ericameria laricifolia Turpentine bush Asteraceae
Eremophila decipiens Emu bush Myoporaceae
Eriogonum fasciculatum Buckwheat Polygonaceae
Eucalyptus camaldulensis Red gum Myrtaceae
Eucalyptus rudis Flooded gum Myrtaceae
Euphorbia rigida Gopher plantEuphorbiaceae
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Feijoa sellowiana Pineapple guava Myrtaceae
Ferocactus wislizenii Fishhook barrel cactus Cactaceae
Ficus carica Edible FigMoraceae
Ficus pumila Creeping fig Moraceae
Fouquieria columnaris  New PhotosBoojum Fouquieriaceae
Fouquieria splendens Ocotillo Fouquieriaceae
Fraxinus greggii Greg ash Oleaceae
Fraxinus velutina Arizona ash Oleaceae
Fraxinus velutina 'Fan-tex' Fan-tex ash Oleaceae
G
Gaillardia_grandiflora Blanket flowerAsteraceae
Genista racemosa Sweet broomFabaceae
Gleditsia triacanthos Honey locust Fabaceae
H
Hedera canariensis Algerian ivy Araliaceae
Hesperaloe parviflora Red yucca Agavaceae
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Jacaranda mimosifolia JacarandaBignoniaceae
Juniperus chinensis 'Torulosa' Hollywood twisted juniper Cupressaceae
Juniperus sabina Juniper Cupressaceae
Justicia brandegaeana Shrimp plantAcanthaceae
Justicia californica Chuparosa Acanthaceae
Justicia spicigera Mexican honeysuckle Acanthaceae
L
Lagerstroemia indica Crape myrtle Lythraceae
Lantana camara (horrida) Bush lantana Verbenaceae
Lantana montevidensis (velutina) Trailing lantana Verbenaceae
Larrea tridentata Creosote bush Zygophyllaceae
Leucophyllum candidum Silver leaf ranger Scrophulariaceae
Leucophyllum frutescens Texas ranger Scrophulariaceae
Leucophyllum laevigatum Chihuahuan rain sage Scrophulariaceae
Leucophyllum prunosum Sierra bouquet Scrophulariaceae
Ligustrum japonicum Waxy (japanese) privet Oleaceae
Ligustrum lucidum Glossy privet Oleaceae
Lippia nodiflora Frogfruit Verbenaceae
Lycium brevipes WolfberrySolanaceae
Lycium hassei see Lycium_brevipes
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Macfadyena unguis-cati Catclaw vine Bignoniaceae
Magnolia grandiflora Southern magnolia Magnoliaceae
Mascagnia macroptera Yellow orchid vineMalpighiaceae
Melia azedarach Chinaberry Meliaceae
Moraea bicolor Fortnight lily Iridaceae
Morus alba 'Fruitless' White mulberry Moraceae
Muhlenbergia capillaris Pink muhlyPoaceae
Muhlenbergia rigens Deer grass Poaceae
Myrtus communis True myrtle Myrtaceae
Myrtus communis 'Boetica' Twisted myrtle Myrtaceae
N
Nandina domestica Heavenly bamboo Berberidaceae
Nerium oleander Oleander Apocynaceae
Nolina microcarpa Bear grass Agavaceae
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Oenothera berlandieri Mexican evening primrose Onagraceae
Oenothera caespitosa White primroseOnagraceae
Olea europaea Olive tree Oleaceae
Olneya tesota Desert ironwood Fabaceae
Opuntia bigelovii Teddy bear cholla Cactaceae
  see Cylindropuntia bigelovii 
Opuntia engelmannii Engelmann's prickly pear Cactaceae
Opuntia ficus-indica Indian fig Cactaceae
Opuntia lindheimeri Cow's tongue prickly pear Cactaceae
Opuntia microdasys Bunny ears Cactaceae
Opuntia versicolor Staghorn cholla Cactaceae
  see Cylindropuntia versicolor 
Opuntia violaceae santa rita Santa Rita prickly pear Cactaceae
Orthocarpus purpurascens see Castilleja exserta
P
Parkinsonia aculeata Mexican palo verde Fabaceae
Parkinsonia aculeata hybrid Desert Museum palo verde Fabaceae
Pennisetum setaceum 'Cupreum' Purple fountain grass Poaceae
Penstemon parryi Parry's penstemon Scrophulariaceae
Phoenix canariensis Canary Island date palm Palmae
Phoenix dactylifera Date palm Palmae
Pinus canariensis Canary Island pine Pinaceae
Pinus eldarica Afghan pine Pinaceae
Pinus halepensis Aleppo pine Pinaceae
Pistacia atlantica Mount Atlas pistache Anacardiaceae
Pistacia chinensis Chinese pistache Anacardiaceae
Pistacia lentiscus Evergreen pistache Anacardiaceae
Pithecellobium flexicaule Texas ebony Fabaceae
Pithecellobium mexicanum Mexican ebony Fabaceae
Pittosporum tobria Mock orange Pittosporaceae
Platanus occidentalis American planetree Platanaceae
Platycladus orientalis Oriental arborvitae Cupressaceae
Podocarpus macrophyllus Japanese yew Podocarpaceae
Populus fremontii Western cottonwood Salicaceae
Prosopis alba Argentine mesquite Fabaceae
Prosopis chilensis Chilean mesquite Fabaceae
Prosopis glandulosa Honey mesquite Fabaceae
Prosopis pubescens Screwbean mesquiteFabaceae
Prosopis velutina Velvet mesquite Fabaceae
Psilostrophe cooperi Paper flower Helenieae
Punica granatum Pomegranate Punicaceae
Pyracantha species PyracanthaRosaceae
Pyrus kawakamii Evergreen pear Rosaceae
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Quercus virginiana Southern live oak Fagaceae
R
Rhus lancea African sumac Anacardiaceae
Rhus microphylla Little leaf sumac Anacardiaceae
Rosa banksiae Tombstone rose Rosaceae
Rosemarinus officinalis
'Prostratus'
Rosemary Labiatae
Ruellia brittoniana Common ruellia Acanthaceae
Ruellia peninsularis Desert ruellia Acanthaceae
S
Salvia chamaedryoides Blue chihuahuan sage Lamiaceae
Salvia clevelandii Cleveland sage Lamiaceae
Salvia greggii Autumn sage Lamiaceae
Salvia leucantha Mexican bush sage Lamiaceae
Schinus molle California pepper tree Anacardiaceae
Simmondsia chinensis Jojoba Simmondaceae
Sophora secundiflora Texas mountain laurel Fabaceae
Sphaeralcea ambigua Globe mallow Malvaceae
Stenocereus thurberi Organ pipe cactusCactaceae
Syagrus romanzoffianum Queen palm Palmae
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Tagetes lemmonii Mount Lemmon marigold Asteraceae
Tamarix chinensis Salt cedar Tamaricaceae
Tecoma stans angustata Yellow bells Bignoniaceae
Tecomaria capensis Cape honeysuckle Bignoniaceae
Teucrium chamaedrys Germander Labiatae
Thevetia peruviana Yellow oleanderApocynaceae
Thymophylla pentachaeata see Dyssodia pentachaeta
Tithonia fruticosa Mexican sunflowerAsteraceae
Trachelospermum jasminoides Star jasmine Apocynaceae
V
Vauquelinia californica Arizona rosewood Rosaceae
Verbena gooddingii Goodding verbena Verbenaceae
Verbena rigida Sandpaper verbenaVerbenaceae
Verbena tenuisecta (pulchella) Moss verbena Verbenaceae
Vinca major Vinca Apocynaceae
Vitex agnus-castus Monk's pepper Verbenaceae
Vitis arizonica Arizona canyon grapeVitaceae
W
Washingtonia filifera California fan palm Palmae
Washingtonia robusta Mexican fan palm Palmae
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Xylosma congestum Xylosma Flacourtiaceae
Y
Yucca baccata Banana yucca Agavaceae
Yucca elata Soaptree yucca Agavaceae
Yucca faxoniana Faxon yucca Agavaceae
Yucca gloriosa Spanish dagger Agavaceae
Yucca recurvifolia Pendulous yucca Agavaceae
Yucca rigida Blue yucca Agavaceae
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