Indian Mallow – Abutilon palmeri

The fuzzy, gray-green, heart-shaped foliage of Indian Mallow is probably the most distinguishing and endearing feature of this water-smart shrub. The velvety and touchable effect that it contributes to the southwestern landscape is a welcome break from the often rigid and harsh habits of the plants that normally thrive here. Regardless of its soft appearance,…

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Ironwood – Olneya tesota

This Arizona native is known around the world for its dense and heavy wood that is highly valued as quality firewood and as an exceptional woodworking material. Here in the landscapes of the desert southwest, ironwood serves as an excellent evergreen screen against unsightly views and provides cooling shade as it grows. Though it does…

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