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Saguaro
Parry's Penstemon
Compass Barrel
Arroyo Lupine
Saguaro

Common name: Saguaro
Botanical name: Carnegiea gigantea

Large cactus that grows very slowly to 20' x 10' or larger. Consider mature size. Medium green ribs lined with gray spines. Large showy white flowers appear in late spring followed by red fruits. Fruits are enjoyed by birds. Accepts reflected sun. Consider mature size when planing. The signature plant of Arizona. Native to the Sonoran Desert.

Parry's Penstemon

Common name: Parry's Penstemon
Botanical name: Penstemon parryi

This perennial grows at a moderate rate to 1-1/2' x 1-1/2'. Blue-green leaves form a rosette at the base of the plant. Hot pink flowers appear on spike in the spring. Reseeds easily. Accepts full sun or partial shade. Plant in fall for spring flowers. Attracts hummingbirds. Tender perennial at higher elevations. Native to southern Arizona and Sonora.

Compass Barrel

Common name: Compass Barrel
Botanical name: Ferocactus cylindraceus

Globe-shaped cactus grows slowly to 2' x 1-1/2'. Stem is medium green and spines are red/yellow. Flowers are yellow to orange and apper late spring to early summer. Good for naturalistic landscapes. Accepts reflected sun. Native to Sonoran and Mojave deserts.

Arroyo Lupine

Common name: Arroyo Lupine
Botanical name: Lupinus succulentus

Succulent annual that grows quickly to 3' x 3'. Leaves are medium green and palmately compound. Violet-blue flowers appear on spikes in the spring. Sow seeds in fall for spring color.

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Color and Elegance

Photographer: Kathleen Moore

Water Saving Tip:

Be sure to fix all leaks promptly no matter how small they may seem.