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…

Scarlet Bottlebrush – Callistemon citrinus

The namesake flowers on this heat tolerant Australian native bloom nearly year-round and resemble large, crimson (…you guessed it) bottle brushes! Hummingbirds find these distinctive, spiky blooms absolutely irresistible, even though they aren’t the trumpet shape that we typically associate with hummingbird attractors. Scarlet bottlebrush’s evergreen foliage offers a medium texture and makes a fantastic…

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…