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    These desert shrubs will do well in the lower elevations of the southwest. Most require little to moderate watering. You'll be surprised what will grow in the southwestern deserts. Most of these photos were taken in and around the Las Cruces, New Mexico area. Click on the desert plant for a larger image.

    red-bird-paradise Red Bird of Paradise
    Scientific Name: Caesalpinia pulcherrima
    Full Sun - USDA Zone: 8b-10
    Beautiful bright red/orange blooms. Fast growing plant 6 to 15 feet tall and wide. Sold as annual in the lower elevations of the southwest.




    Plants for the Southwest



    euonymus Variegated Euonymouys
    Scientific Name: Celastraceae
    Full Sun or partial - Zone: Varies by species
    This plant has white, yellow, and green type leaf. May also produce shoots with dark green, normal leaves. Ideal for that open spot. Moderate watering. Can grow up to 10ft tall.




    texas sage Texas Sage Scientific Name: Leucophyllum frutescens
    Needs Full Sun - USDA Hardiness Zone 7a or 7b; Sunset Climate Zones 7-24
    Also called Texas ranger, Texas sage, silverleaf, purple sage. Drought tolerant with profuse purple like blooms during mid-summer. Especially after a rainfall.




    yuccaRed Tip Yucca
    Scientific Name: Hesperaloe parvifolia
    Sun: Full - USDA zones: 8-10
    Red Tip Yucca has thick sword shaped recurved gray-green foliage. Beautiful low water accent shrub. The blooms tips are light red or pink in color
    Many more Yucca care and photos



    spanish-dagger Spanish Dagger
    Scientific Name: Yucca gloriosa L.
    Sun: Full Sun - Sunset: 7-9, 12-32 USDA: 9-10
    This southwestern shrub loves full sun does not like reflected heat. Good xeriscaping shrub, moderate watering.




    Little Princess Spirea
    Scientific Name: Photinia fraseri
    Full Sun partial shade - USDA zones 7a: to -17.7°
    The Spirea Little Princess, ‘Spirea japonica,’ is a dense, upright, compact, mounded deciduous shrub that will grow to a height of two to four feet with an equal spread. Easily grown in average, medium wet soil. Loves southwestern gardens.




    damanitiaDamanitia
    Scientific Name: Damanitia
    Full Sun - USDA Zones 8-10.
    Damanitia beautiful yellow blooms almost all summer long. Great for landscaping front entrance. Easy care low water requirements.




    viburnum Viburnum - tinus
    Scientific Name: Caprifoliaceae
    Full Sun or partial shade
    Dark evergreen with fragrant white flowers good hedge plant can be trained as a small tree. Blooms in fall into the spring.









    apache plume Apache Plume
    Scientific Name: Fallugia paradoxa
    Full Sun - USDA Zones 6-10.
    A Southwestern high desert native shrub does great in southern New Mexico. Open upright plants produce a dense, shrubby character with fine leaves on twiggy branches for an overall gray-green appearance. Blooms in early to spring with showy white flowers spectacular under moonlight. Very drought tolerant





    yellow bells Yellow Bells
    Scientific Name: Bignoniaceae
    Also called Experanza plant. Does better in full sun
    Dark green leaves beautiful yellow like Blooms in spring into mid summer. Fast growing in the desert southwest. Can grow up to 10ft. tall and 5 ft. wide. More photos and info on the Esperanza or yellow bell plants.


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