Butterfly Milkweed – Asclepias tuberosa

This unique species of milkweed is native to eastern North America where it is frequently seen growing along roadsides and in open fields. Its perennial foliage emerges each spring from a hardy tuberous root that withstands temperatures much colder than our Arizona winter lows. Surprisingly, butterfly milkweed’s herbaceous stems lack the milky sap that we…

California Pepper – Schinus molle

California Pepper has bright-green pendulous foliage that makes it a very graceful shade tree. Inconspicuous clusters of hanging yellow flowers turn into rose-colored berries on female trees, which birds tend to be quite fond of. Foliage has a peppery smell when crushed, making it deer resistant. As California pepper ages, its trunk can be of…

Cape Honeysuckle – Tecoma capensis

Cape Honeysuckle is a versatile, evergreen vining shrub with a lush, tropical aura. Red-orange, trumpet-shaped flowers stand out dramatically against glossy, dark green foliage; providing a particularly exciting show from fall until the first frost, when blooming is most prolific. This shrub is a hummingbird favorite, serving up generous amounts of nectar when many of…