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Mojave Garden

Many forms of yuccas and dense undergrowth of shrubs are characteristic of the Mojave Desert. Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) are found only in this desert area.

Often called the “high desert” the Mojave is an endless landscape of alternating mountain ranges and basins, from 2.000 to 5,000 feet in elevation.

Botanical Name Common Name Family
Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus Goldenhead Asteraceae
Ambrosia dumosa Burrobush, White Bursage Asteraceae
Ambrosia eriocentra Wooly Fruit Bursage Asteraceae
Ambrosia salsola Cheesebush Asteraceae
Asclepias subulata Desert Milkweed, Rush Milkweed Apocynaceae
Atriplex canescens Four-wing Saltbush Chenopodiaceae
Baileya multiradiata Desert Marigold Asteraceae
Brickellia incana Wooly Brickellbush Asteraceae
Chaetopappa ericoides Baby White Aster Asteraceae
Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa Staghorn Cholla, Buckhorn Cholla
Cylindropuntia echinocarpa Silver Cholla Cactaceae
Cylindropuntia ramosissima Diamond Cholla, Darning Needle Cholla Cactaceae
Cylindropuntia ramosissima Nudum Nude Diamond Cholla Cactaceae
Echinocereus engelmannii Calico Hedgehog Cactus Cactaceae
Echinocereus mojavensis Mojave Mound Cactus Cactaceae
Encelia actoni Acton Encelia Asteraceae
Encelia farinosa Brittlebush Asteraceae
Encelia frutescens Rayless Encelia Asteraceae
Ephedra nevadensis Mormon Tea Ephedraceae
Ephedra viridis Green Ephedra, Joint Fir Ephedraceae
Ericameria cuneata Rock Goldenbush Asteraceae
Ericameria laricifolia Turpentine Bush Asteraceae
Ericameria nauseosassp. hololeuca Rubber Rabbitbrush Asteraceae
Ericameria paniculata Black-banded Rabbitbrush Asteraceae
Eriogonum fasciculatum var. poliofolium California Desert Buckwheat Polygalaceae
Fallugia paradoxa Apache Plume Rosaceae
Ferocactus cylindraceus California Barrel Cactus, Compass Barrel Cactaceae
Funastrum cynanchoides ssp. hartwegii Climbing Milkweed Apocynaceae
Gutierrezia sarothrae Matchweed Asteraceae
Hesperoyucca whipplei Our Lord’s Candle, Chaparral Yucca Asparagaceae
Hilaria jamesii Galleta Grass Poaceae
Hilaria rigida Big Galleta Poaceae
Juniperus californica California Juniper Cupressaceae
Karascheninakovia lanata Winter-fat Chenopodiaceae
Larrea tridentata Creosote Bush Zygophyllaceae
Mirabilis multiflora Giant Four-o’Clock Nyctaginaceae
Opuntia basilaris Beavertail Cactus Cactaceae
Opuntia chlorotica Pancake Prickly Pear Cactaceae
Opuntia phaeacantha Brown-spined Prickly Pear Cactaceae
Opuntia polyacantha var. erinacea Grizzly Bear Cactus Cactaceae
Penstemon incertus Mojave Beardtongue Plantaginaceae
Penstemon palmeri Scented Penstemon, Palmer’s Penstemon Plantaginaceae
Petalonyx thurberi Sandpaper Plant Loasaceae
Psilostrophe cooperi Paperflower Asteraceae
Psorothamnus emoryii Dyeweed Fabaceae
Psorothamnus spinosus Smoke Tree Fabaceae
Purshia stansburyana Cliffrose Rosaceae
Salvia dorrii var. dorrii Dorr’s Sage, Purple Sage Lamiaceae
Senna armata Desert Senna Fabaceae
Solidago sp. Goldenrod Asteraceae
Stipa speciosa Desert Needlegrass Poaceae
Thymophylla pentachaeta Golden Dogweed Asteraceae
Tiquilia plicata Fanleaf Crinklemat, Plicate Coldenia Boraginaceae
Xylorhiza tortifolia Desert Aster Asteraceae
Yucca baccata var. baccata Banana Yucca Asparagaceae
Yucca brevifolia Joshua Tree Asparagaceae
Yucca schidigera Mojave Yucca Asparagaceae
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