Screwbean Mesquite – Prosopis pubescens

Screwbean mesquite has fine textured, bluish green foliage. It has a naturally shrubby growth habit, but it can be trained as a small tree at a young age with proper pruning. In late spring, yellow catkin-type flowers appear all over the tree, morphing into unusual looking seedpods. These twisted and spiral seedpods are said to…

Sandpaper Verbena – Verbena rigida

Sandpaper verbena is a tough little groundcover. Not only is it drought and heat tolerant, the abrasiveness of its toothed leaves offers it some extra protection from predators like deer and rabbits. Clusters of deep purple flowers that are particularly attractive to butterflies appear for most of the warm season. This fast-growing groundcover is perfect…

Russian Sage – Perovskia atriplicifolia

Russian Sage is unmatched in its combination of toughness and opulent beauty. It is well adapted to our arid environment, accepting extremes of drought, heat and cold without skipping a beat! From spring through summer, this shrubby perennial continuously grows long, airy, branching sprays of tiny purple flowers. Russian Sage’s grey-green leaves are aromatic and…