The following plant list represents the most reliable, garden-worthy and relatively available native plants indigenous to the High Deserts of California:

Common Name / Botanical Name

Desert Catalpa

Desert Catalpa


  • Desert willow, Desert catalpa / Chilopsis linearis
  • Honey mesquite / Prosopis glandulosa
  • Pinyon pine / Pinus monophylla
  • Scrub oak / Quercus dumosa/turbinella


Subshrubs/Perennial Flowers


Parry Nolinas in bloom


  • Beavertail / Opuntia basilaris
  • Hedgehog cactus / Enchinocerus engelmanii
  • Joshua tree / Yucca brevifolia
  • Mojave yucca  / Yucca schidigera
  • Parry nolina, Parry beargrass / Nolina parryi
  • Red barrel cactus / Ferocactus acanthodes


  • Deer grass / Muhlenbergia rigens


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