Quail Bush – Atriplex lentiformis

Across the arid southwest, Quail bush offers a humble beauty that is rarely found in plants that are as beneficial to native habitats and natural landscapes. Tolerating intense heat as well as bitter cold, this deciduous shrub can grow in salty, alkaline, or poorly drained soils, and easily survives through extreme drought on natural rainfall,…

Pygmy Date Palm – Phoenix roebelenii

Pygmy Date Palm is a small, often multi-trunked palm that produces edible fruit! In their younger years, before developing much trunk height, these palms have the distant appearance of a large, fine-textured shrub. While their trunks are slow to develop, they put on foliar growth much more quickly, which allows them to replace frozen winter…

Purple Lilac Vine – Hardenbergia violacea

This evergreen vine is native to Australia, where it is most frequently spotted scrambling over rocky banks, using any neighboring trees and shrubs for upward support. Here in Southwestern U.S., Purple Lilac Vine is more cultivated and tame, often supported by trellises, where the twining, intricate growth patterns and delicate, cascading clusters of tiny purple…

Purple Orchid Vine – Mascagnia lilacina

The Purple orchid vine is a superb garden and landscape performer. It offers a lavender-purple, unusually shaped, orchid-like flower sporadically throughout the warm season, but heaviest in the spring and fall. Unique flowers then morph into oddly shaped seedpods, which bear an uncanny resemblance to a butterfly. With support such as a trellis or fence,…