Desert Hackberry – Celtis pallida

A must-have for any birdwatcher’s garden! Birds fancy Desert Hackberry for its tiny, edible red berries that are a major source of food in fall, for the dense foliage that extends much-needed shelter from summer heat, and for the multitudes of thorny branches that provide a safe place to build homes. Several species of butterfly…

Desert Lavender – Hyptis emoryi

If you’ve ever smelled the unmistakable perfume of lavender while hiking through Sabino Canyon, this desert native was probably to blame! Desert Lavender’s silvery foliage releases the namesake scent when something brushes against it, and when rainfall wets the leaves. This semi-evergreen shrub’s brilliant, silver sheen comes from the soft, wooly, water-conserving fuzz that covers…

Desert Milkweed – Asclepias subulata

The Desert Milkweed, a tough native with creamy-yellow flowers that appear in spring, summer, and fall, are absolutely delectable to butterflies. Desert Milkweed is a regal vase-shaped perennial with grey green stems. New growth often has small leaves that don’t stick around unless there is ample humidity. It tolerates a range of soils, given that…