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…

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Desert Senna – Senna nemophila

Desert Senna is much like the other Australian Sennas in form and stature, but is much greener than other varieties, and while thriving in high reflected heat, it also tolerates much colder temperatures. Clusters of golden yellow blooms cover these plants from late winter through spring, creating a lively blast of color against the deep-green,…

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