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