Red Justicia – Justicia candicans

This Arizona native will have the hummingbirds returning to your garden to sip nectar from the bright orange-red flowers that bloom continuously along its stems from spring through fall. In areas with milder winters, Red Justicia is known to stay green and continue blooming all year! In Tucson, however, winter temperatures are usually low enough…

Quail Bush – Atriplex lentiformis

Across the arid southwest, Quail bush offers a humble beauty that is rarely found in plants that are as beneficial to native habitats and natural landscapes. Tolerating intense heat as well as bitter cold, this deciduous shrub can grow in salty, alkaline, or poorly drained soils, and easily survives through extreme drought on natural rainfall,…

Pygmy Date Palm – Phoenix roebelenii

Pygmy Date Palm is a small, often multi-trunked palm that produces edible fruit! In their younger years, before developing much trunk height, these palms have the distant appearance of a large, fine-textured shrub. While their trunks are slow to develop, they put on foliar growth much more quickly, which allows them to replace frozen winter…

Queen Palm – Syagrus romanzoffiana

The Queen palm is an elegant palm; graceful with its shiny, feathery green foliage that droops down, casting lovely light shade to those underneath it. Small, creamy white or yellow blossoms are produced during the warm season, and followed by little orange, edible fruits. Because fronds can be damaged by high winds and cold weather,…