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Wortz Demonstration Garden

In this garden plants native to the southwestern United States and northwestern are used to landscape patios, walks and seating areas.

We hope to encourage the use of plants naturally adapted to our desert environment with their low water and maintenance requirements.

This garden demonstrates some of the ways a home gardener or landscaper can use native trees, shrubs, vines, and flowers in either classic formal designs or more natural settings.

Link to foxpaws article: Working with Mother Nature

Botanical Name Common Name Family
Achillea x Moonshine Moonshine Yarrow Asteraceae
Agave chiapensis Chiapas Agave Asparagaceae
Agave geminiflora Twin-flowered Agave Asparagaceae
Agave leopoldii Leopold Agave Asparagaceae
Agave obscura Asparagaceae
Agave polyacantha var. xalapensis Asparagaceae
Agave schidigera Thread Leaf Agave Asparagaceae
Agave x Shark Skin Shark Skin Agave Asparagaceae
Bulbine latifolia Broadleafed Bulbine Xanthorrhoeaceae
Calliandra californica Baja Fairy Duster Fabaceae
Chilopsis linearis Desert Willow Bignoniaceae
Dalea bicolor Silver Dalea Fabaceae
Dasylirion longissimum Mexican Grass Tree Asparagaceae
Dasylirion wheeleri Desert Spoon, Sotol Asparagaceae
Dodonaea viscosa Hopbush Sapindaceae
Ebenopsis ebano Texas Ebony Fabaceae
Echinocactus grusonii Golden Barrel Cactus Cactaceae
Ericameria laricifolia Turpentine Bush Asteraceae
Furcraea foetida var. mediopicta Asparagaceae
Gaura lindheimeri Pink Ballerina Pink Ballerina Gaura Onagraceae
Gossypium harknessii San Marcos Hibiscus Malvaceae
Hamelia patens Firebush Rubiaceae
Justicia californica Chuparosa Acanthaceae
Larrea tridentata Creosote Bush Zygophyllaceae
Leucophyllum laevigatum Chihuahuan Rain Sage Scrophulariaceae
Malaviscus drummondii Big Momma Big Momma Turk’s Cap Malvaceae
Maytenus phyllanthoides Mangle Dulce Celastraceae
Nolina microcarpa Beargrass, Sacahuista Asparagaceae
Oenothera elata ssp. hirsutissima Hooker’s Evening Primrose Onagraceae
Opuntia basilaris Beavertail Cactus Cactaceae
Parkinsonia florida Blue Palo Verde Fabaceae
Parkinsonia x Desert Museum Desert Museum Palo Verde Fabaceae
Penstemon parryi Parry’s Penstemon Plantaginaceae
Salvia greggii Autumn Sage Lamiaceae
Simmondsia chinensis Jojoba, Goatnut Simmondsiaceae
Stenocereus thurberi Organ Pipe Cactus Cactaceae
Tecoma stans var. stans Yellow Bells, Esperanza Bignoniaceae
Tecoma x Orange Jubilee Orange Jubilee Bignoniaceae
Yucca elata Palmilla, Soaptree Yucca Asparagaceae
Yucca rigida Blue Yucca Asparagaceae
Yucca rostrata Beaked Yucca Asparagaceae
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