Plant of the Month – October

Palmer’s Indian Mallow Abutilon palmeri Plant Form: Shrub, perennial herb Water Use: Extremely low Mature Size: 4-6 ft. tall and 3-5 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar – May), Summer (June – Aug), Year-round Native to: Southern California, SW U.S., Northern Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 20°F Palmer’s Indian Mallow has lush subtropical foliage and fast growth that belies its extreme tolerance for heat, drought, and poor soil. This mallow is a relatively rare native of the […]

Plant of the Month – August

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ Plant Form: Perennial grass Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 2-3 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (Mar – May), Summer (June – Aug) Native to: Southern California, Canada, North America, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to -30°F Blue Grama Grass is a long-lived bunchgrass with distinctive seed heads that look like curved combs or blonde sets of eyelashes. Its unique seed heads hover horizontally above green foliage from summer […]

Plant of the Month – February

Red Valerian Jupiter’s Beard Centranthus ruber Plant Form: Perennial sub-shrub Water Use: Very low, low Mature Size: 2-3 ft. tall x 1-2 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, light shade Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Summer (June – Aug), Fall (Sept – Nov) Native to: Mediterranean region, North Africa Hardiness: Cold hardy to -10°F Red Valerian, also known as Jupiter’s Beard, is a moderately fast-growing, erect sub-shrub that is not fussy about its growing conditions.  Showy, rose-red flowers appear continuously […]

Plant of the Month – December

Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens   Plant Form: Deciduous succulent shrub Water Use: Very low, low Mature Size: 8-20 ft. tall x 5-10 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun, reflected sun Bloom Time: Spring (March – May), Summer (June – Aug) Native to: Southern California, southwest US, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 0-10°F Ocotillo is an iconic symbol of the southwest that forms a vase-shaped shrub with up to 100 wand-like, thorny stems that radiate from the crown. Small, oval, fleshy leaves appear […]

Plant of the Month – November

Desert Broom, Broom Baccharis Baccharis sarothroides Plant Form: Semi-deciduous shrub Water Use: Very low Mature Size: 6-12 ft. tall x 6-7 ft. wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Summer (June – August), Fall (September – October) Native to: Southern California, southwest US, Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 15°F Desert Broom has branches that are so green, you won’t notice that it drops its small, narrow leaves during drought, making this rounded shrub look like a giant, green broom. This fast-growing, […]

Plant of the Month – July

Pencil Cholla Cylindropuntia ramosissima Plant Form: Cactus, succulent Water Use: Extremely low, very low Mature Size: 5-6 ft. tall and wide Exposure: Full sun Bloom Time: Spring (March-May) Native to: California, Baja California, northwestern Mexico Hardiness: Cold hardy to 10°F Pencil Cholla can be either erect and treelike, or trailing on the ground with rising branch tips. It also expresses its individuality in the number of spines it produces, with some plants having no spines, others sporting sparse spines, while […]