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…