6. Mojave and Sonoran Deserts

• Quail bush Atriplex lentiformis: Stores salt in its leaves. Draws birds. Sun. Dry. 8 feet.
• Fairyduster Calliandra eriophylla: Exotic purple flowers look like bottle brushes. Sun. Dry. 3 feet
• Brittlebush Encelia farinosa: Yellow daisy flowers 2-3 inches wide. Sun. Dry. 1 foot.
• Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens: Looks dead until rain comes. Red flowers mass on stems in spring and summer. Sun. Dry. 10 feet.

• Desert marigold Baileya multiradiata: Yellow daisy flowers early spring to mid-summer. Sun. Dry. 2 feet.
• Blackfoot daisy Melampodium leucanthum: White daisy flowers March to December. Sun to partial shade. Dry. 12 inches
• Firecracker penstamon Penstemon eatonii: Bright red flowers draw hummingbirds. Sun to partial shade. Dry. 2½ feet.

Cacti and succulents:

• Saguaro Carnegiea gigantean: A Western symbol, with upward curving arms branching off from a tall, thick stem. Grows about 1 inch per year. Sun. Dry. To 25 feet or more.
• Hedgehog cactus Echinocereus engelmannii: Produces brilliant pink flowers February to May. Yellow fruit. Sun. Dry. 1 foot.
• Banana yucca Yucca baccata: Flower spike develops edible fruit shaped like a banana. Sun to partial shade. Dry, but some watering is OK. 6 feet.

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