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Plant Care Sheets

The Desert Museum's Annual Plant Sale is held at the end of September. The list below displays the plants from the most recent sale.

Select the Camera icon to perform a Google search for images and information on many of these plants.

Select the Caresheet icon to view the Plant Care Sheet. These sheets have been compiled by the Desert Museum Botany Department. In some cases, plant care information from Mountain States Wholesale Nursery has been used to supplement the museum's own knowledge base.

Butterfly Gardens Butterfly Gardens
Spring Flowers
Tucson Revegetation < 4500'
Hummingbird Gardens Hummingbird Gardens
Summer Flowers
Takes Light Shade
Tortoise Food Tortoise Food
Fall Flowers
Hardy 15° to 22°F
Bee Gardens Bees
Winter Flowers
Patio Pots
Bat Gardens Bats
Bird Cover/Food
Moth Gardens
Ethnobotany Ethnobotany

Filtered by: Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens, (See All)

Common Name Botanical Name Form Purpose
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Desert rock peaAcmispon (Lotus) rigidusSmall shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesTortoise Food
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Arizona agaveAgave arizonicaSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBeesBats
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Twin-flowered agaveAgave geminifloraSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon LechugillaAgave lechugillaSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Palmer agaveAgave palmeriSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBeesBatsEthnobotany
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Huachuca agaveAgave parryi var. hauchucaensisSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBeesBats
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Parry agaveAgave parryi var. parryiSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBeesBats
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Mezcal pelónAgave pelonaSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Hybrid AgaveAgave pelona × vilmorinianaSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon ShindaggerAgave schottiiSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Toumey agaveAgave toumeyana Succulent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBeesBats
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Octopus agaveAgave vilmorinianaSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Desert honeysuckleAnisacanthus thurberiMedium shrub Hummingbird GardensBeesEthnobotany
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Pink queen's wreathAntigonon leptopusVine Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Red queen's wreathAntigonon leptopusVine Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon White queen's wreathAntigonon leptopusVine Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Red bird-of-paradiseCaesalpinia pulcherrimaMedium shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Baja fairy dusterCalliandra californicaMedium shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesTortoise Food
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Fairy dusterCalliandra eriophyllaSmall shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesTortoise Food
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Hummingbird pincushion cactusCochemiea poselgeriSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBeesTortoise Food
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Yellow bird-of-paradiseErythrostemon gilliesiiMedium shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon White spurgeEuphorbia xantiSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Ocotillo blanco pichilingeFouquieria burageeiSucculent/semisucculent Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Buttercup hesperaloeHesperaloe hybridSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Pink Parade®Hesperaloe hybridSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Night-blooming hesperaloeHesperaloe nocturnaSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Desert Flamenco®Hesperaloe parvifloraSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Red YuccaHesperaloe parvifloraSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Sandia Glow™Hesperaloe parviflora hybridSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Desert Dusk ™ Hesperaloe parviflora hybridSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Heartleaf hibiscusHibiscus martianusSmall shrub Hummingbird GardensBeesTortoise Food
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Desert lavenderHyptis emoryiLarge shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesEthnobotany
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Tree morninggloryIpomoea arborescensSmall tree Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon White Turk's capMalvaviscus arboreaMedium shrub Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Red Turk's capMalvaviscus arboreaMedium shrub Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Snake cactusMorengaya pensilisSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Hummingbird nopalNopalaea karwinskianaSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Parry penstemonPenstemon parryiPerennial Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesTortoise FoodEthnobotany
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Canyon penstemonPenstemon pseudospectabilisPerennial Hummingbird GardensBeesTortoise Food
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Ruby penstemonPenstemon schoenholzeriPerennial Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesTortoise Food
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Superb penstemonPenstemon superbusPerennial Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Lavender spicePoliomintha maderensisSmall shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesEthnobotany
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Longneck ruelRuellia nudifloraPerennial Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesTortoise Food
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Desert ruelliaRuellia peninsularisMedium shrub Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon White sageSalvia apianaMedium shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesEthnobotany
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Dwarf white sageSalvia apiana var. compactaSmall shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesEthnobotany
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Chaparral sageSalvia clevelandiiMedium shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesEthnobotany
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Carl Nielson sageSalvia clevelandii × S. mojavensisMedium shrub Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Galaena red sageSalvia darcyiPerennial Hummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Crimson sageSalvia henryiPerennial Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Pozo Blue sageSalvia hybrid Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Trident™ sageSalvia hybrid Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon PP# 21411 'Ultra Violet' canyon sageSalvia lycoides ×Perennial Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Grape-scented sageSalvia melissodoraSmall shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Scarlet red SalviaSalvia microphyllaSmall shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon West Texas grass sageSalvia reptansSmall shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Scallopleaf sageSalvia vaseyiSmall shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesEthnobotany
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Dwarf organpipe cactusStenocereus thurberi var. littoralisSucculent/semisucculent Hummingbird GardensBeesTortoise Food
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Argentine orange bellsTecoma garrochaLarge shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBees
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Orange jubileeTecoma hybridLarge shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesTortoise Food
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Crimson Flare? tecomaTecoma hybridMedium shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesTortoise Food
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Sierra Apricot™ tecomaTecoma hybridMedium shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesTortoise Food
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Solar Flare? orange tecomaTecoma hybridMedium shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesTortoise Food
Plant Care Sheet Camera icon Yellow bellsTecoma stansLarge shrub Butterfly GardensHummingbird GardensBeesTortoise FoodEthnobotany
Common Name Botanical Name Form Purpose
Butterfly Gardens Butterfly Gardens
Spring Flowers
Tucson Revegetation < 4500'
Hummingbird Gardens Hummingbird Gardens
Summer Flowers
Takes Light Shade
Tortoise Food Tortoise Food
Fall Flowers
Hardy 15° to 22°F
Bee Gardens Bees
Winter Flowers
Patio Pots
Bat Gardens Bats
Bird Cover/Food
Moth Gardens
Ethnobotany Ethnobotany