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Shop > Desert Native Seed > Desert Native Shrubs

 

 

In our western deserts, shrubs are the main feature of many ecosystems.

Desert shrubs do the critical job of stabilizing soil and help to prevent erosion. Most are also xeric (drought tolerant) once established. 

Numerous species of animals take refuge in desert shrubs, and shrubs provide a wonderful food source for birds, and mammals. 

Many desert shrubs put on a fantastic flower display during the spring and fall months. 

Shrub seed is offered per packet unless otherwise noted.  Quantities will vary from species to species, and in some cases, an exact number of seeds are included as noted in product descriptions.


 


Antelope Brush, Antelope Bitterbush - Purshia tridentata



This is a hardy shrub native to our Southwestern Deserts. Grows quite large. 5' X 5' is not uncommon, sometimes grows as large as 10' X 10'. Excellent for stabilizing soil, as a feature shrub in the garden. Provides shelter and food for birds. Important source of pollen for bees. Smells wonderful,
USDA Zone(s): 3-9
Blooming Period: Summer
Color: Yellow
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, loamy.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3300 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated

Price: $4.99 
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Desert Willow ( Chilopsis linearis )



Desert Willow grows wild in the Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts at elevations of up to 5,000 feet.

Desert Willow isn't really a member of the willow family, but is named so because of it's similar appearance. It is the only member of the Begonia family native to California.

In the spring through summer months, it bears beautiful orchid-like flowers.

This plant is drought tolerant once established, and can be left as a large bush or trained as a tree which can attain a height of 25 feet.

Sunset Zone(s): 10-13, 18-21, 29,30,33
USDA Zone(s): 8-10
Blooming Period: Spring, Summer
Color: White edges and pink-to-purple throats
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, alkaline, loam
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3650 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated
Germination: 95%
Packet/25 seeds

Price: $4.99 
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Jojoba - Simmondsia chinensis AKA Goatnut, Pignut

Jojoba is an evergreen shrub, and is found in the lower elevations of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts and grows from 7 to 10 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. Each plant is single sexed, and has grey-green leaves. Once established, Jojoba is cold hardy (to 18°F) heat, and drought tolerant, and does best in neutral to alkaline soils. Jojoba also tolerates reflected heat. Infrequent and deep, but regular watering of established plants results in gorgeous leaf color. Limited quantity available!

Sunset Zone(s): 10-13, 19-24
USDA Zone(s): 8b, 9-10
Blooming Period: Spring
Color: Yellow (male plants)
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Sandy, loamy, alkaline, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3000 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated

Per Packet of 15 seeds:

Price: $6.99 
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Sticky Monkey-flower - Mimulus (Diplacus) aurantiacus

Sticky Monkey-flower, also known as Bush Monkey-flower may be found in many habitats, including the transition zones from deserts to the mountains. It is a perennial sub-shrub and tolerates partial shade, and may attain a size of 3 to 4 feet. Hummingbirds and butterflies adore this shrub. Often found on hillsides.

The flowers may appear from a pale yellow to bright orange. It may go dormant in the hottest summer months. Monkey-flower will grow in many types of soils, but does require adequate drainage. Cutting back lightly may extend bloom period. Do not cut back into old wood.

Sunset Zone(s): 5, 6 (w/ protection), 7-9, 14-24
USDA Zone(s): 7-10
Blooming Period: Spring, Summer
Color: Pale Yellow to Orange
Exposure: Full Sun/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, alkaline, loam
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3210 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated

Price: $4.59 
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Matilija Poppy AKA Fried Egg Poppy - Romneya coulteri

Matilija Poppy is a fantastic perennial addition to any garden. This spectacular California native bush "poppy" bears very large, papery white petals; flowers are 7 to 8 inches wide with and bright yellow centers, resembling a fried egg. t spreads underground via rhizomes.

It may reach more than 7 feet in height and width. Appreciates semi-regular watering during it's first year and then takes off, requiring much less water, once established. Very fast growing.
USDA Zone(s): 6-11
Blooming Period: Spring, Summer
Color: White/Yellow
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly to clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric after first year
Collection elevation: 2000 feet
Location: Western San Bernardino County

Type:Open Pollinated
Cut back in fall

Price: $4.59 
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Apache Plume - Fallugia paradoxa





Drought tolerant Apache Plume is a hardy perennial shrub native to the Southwestern desert. It is a member of the Rose family and is found at elevations between 3,000 and 8,000 feet, and is hardy to 30 degrees BELOW zero once established.

Apache Plume is named so because it looks like Apache war bonnets. Native Americans used the stems of Apache Plumes to make brooms and arrow shafts.

Sunset Zone(s): 2 to 23
USDA Zone(s) 6 to 10
Blooming Period: Spring
Color: White/Yellow, then Bright Pink
Exposure: Full Sun, intolerant of shade
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, alkaline
Water Usage: Moderate, needs occasional summer watering.
Collection elevation: 3225 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type: Open Pollinated

Price: $4.59 
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Black Sage AKA Honey Sage - Salvia mellifera

Black Sage is a fragrant California native perennial shrub, found in many of the mountain ranges surrounding the Mojave Desert. It thrives in poor soils, may reach a size of 5 feet high and wide, and is a dense, rounded shrub. It bears a light lavender to white flowers. Attracts birds, butterflies and hummingbirds.


Sunset Zone(s) 10-13
USDA Zone(s): 8-10
Blooming Period: Spring, sometimes Fall
Color: White to pale lavender.
Exposure: Full Sun.
Soil Type: Gravelly
Water Usage: Xeric but looks better with occasional watering
Collection elevation: 3300 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated

Price: $4.79 
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Interior Goldenbush/ Narrowleaf Goldenbush - Ericameria linearifolia (Haplopappus)

A Mojave Desert native shrub, Interior Goldenbush is a member of the Aster family.

We recommended that you allow this shrub to grow in a container, and transfer after two years. In spring months it blooms profusely with beautiful bright yellow flowers. It attains a height of 1 to 5 feet.

This bush can withstand temperatures from 10 to 115-120 degrees F and likes neutral to alkaline soils.

Sunset Zone(s): 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24.
USDA Zone(s): 7-10
Blooming Period: Spring, Summer
Color: Yellow
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, alkaline, loam
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3650 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated
Germination: 95%
Packet

Price: $3.99 
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Fairy Duster - Calliandra eriophylla

Fairy Duster is a popular landscape plant in our Southwest Deserts and is a member of the bean family. Growing to heights of up to 4 feet tall, Fairy Duster does well in heat, and can survive temperatures as low as 5°F. In Spring and early Summer, Fairy Duster produces gorgeous pink-to purple flowers, which look somewhat like a tiny feather duster. This seed collected on a private property from cultivated plants in San Bernardino County, CA. Fairy Duster is included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 2.3 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; but is common elsewhere. If you are fortunate enough to see Fairy Duster in the wild in the state of California, please leave it alone.

USDA Zone(s): 7b-11
Sunset Zone(s): 10-24
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, loam. Xeric. Needs good drainage and prefers alkaline soils.
Water Usage: Very low once established (two to four years)
Collection elevation: 3100 feet
Location: San Bernardino County: Cultivated
Type:Open Pollinated
Per Packet

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Cat Claw Acacia - Acacia greggii





Cat Claw Acacia is known as a "good neighbor plant." The spines are curved and look very much like a domestic cat's claws. This is a fast growing deciduous tree (or shrub), you may prune it to grow the way you'd like it to. Grows from 10-20 feet high. Hardy to 0 degrees F. Provides airy shade, and is gorgeous when in bloom. Seed pods provide important food for wildlife. Flower spikes are rod-shaped, and are up to 2 inches long. Needs well-drained soil.


Sunset Zone(s) 10-13
USDA Zone(s): 7-11
Blooming Period: Spring, sometimes Fall
Color: Yellow
Exposure: Full Sun, can handle reflected heat.
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric but looks better with occasional watering
Collection elevation: 3300 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated
Germination: 90%

Price: $0.00 
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Smoke Tree ( Psorothamnus spinosus )



Desert Smoke Tree is a very interesting tree, and makes quite a statement in the garden.

Its crooked trunk and snarled, numerous dense branches makes it stand out whenever seen.

This tree is a member of the pea family and can grow either as a tree or a shrub to a height of 20 feet. It most often grows near washes, and requires more water than the average desert tree. Smoke Trees are found from sea level to 1500 feet.

During the spring and early summer months, leaves briefly appear, then disappear, replaced with beautiful purple flowers.

Sunset Zone(s): 12-13
USDA Zone(s): 9-11
Blooming Period: Spring/Summer
Color: White/Pink
Exposure: Full Sun, intolerant of shade
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, loam
Water Usage: Xeric once established but likes regular summer watering
Collection elevation: 750 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated Packet of 25 seeds:

Price: $6.99 
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Desert/Yellow Bird of Paradise - Caesalpinia gilliesii





Yellow Bird of Paradise will grow as a mounding shrub to a height of 6' to 10' tall and equally as wide.

This deciduous shrub is hardy to 10 degrees F, sometimes even lower! When provided with water when it is young, it will very quickly.

Shrubs can be pruned strongly when dormant to promote denser growth and maintain shrub form. Flowers are bright yellow with long red stamens. This species has naturalized in some desert locations and can survive on annual rainfall.

Sunset Zone(s): 8-16,18-23
USDA Zone(s): 8-11
Blooming Period: Spring-Summer
Color: Yellow/Red
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3550 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated
NOTE: Naturalized in Southwestern Deserts
Packet contains 15 seeds

Price: $4.99 
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Bladder Pod - Cleome isomeris



Bladderpod is an extremely drought and cold tolerant evergreen shrub. It is native to the Mojave Desert, and requires excellent drainage.

Bladderpod will grow to an impressive size if the proper conditions are met, it can attain a size of 4 to 6 feet. Bladderpod survives temperatures to 10F, possibly lower if hardened off.

Sunset Zone(s):
USDA Zone(s): 7-10
Blooming Period: Spring
Color: Bright Yellow
Exposure: Full Sun, intolerant of shade
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3650 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated
Germination: 90%

Price: $4.99 
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California Desert Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum v. flavoviride )



Desert Buckwheat,(Eriogonum fasciculatum) is a sturdy resident plant of the Mojave Desert.

With it's beautiful white. dense flower clusters atop long thin stems, it is a beautiful, drought and cold tolerant plant with an extended bloom season.

In mid to late summer the white flower clusters and stems turn to a reddish-brown.

Sunset Zone(s): 10-24
USDA Zone(s): 9-11
Blooming Period: Spring/Summer
Color: White/Pink
Exposure: Full Sun, intolerant of shade
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3800 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated

Price: $4.99 
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Cooper's Box Thorn, Peach Thorn ( Lycium cooperi )



Desert Peach Thorn is a tough, drought tolerant shrub that is found up to 6.000 feet in elevation, enjoying both mountain and desert habitats. Especially good for stabilizing or restoring disturbed or degraded areas.

Blooming Period: Spring
Color: White
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 4975feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated
Packet/25 seeds

Price: $4.99 
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Brittlebush / Incienso (Encelia farinosa)



Brittlebush is a medium sized perennial shrub which grows into a roundish mound from 2 to 5 feet high. rittlebush blooms from March to June,(depending on winter rainfall) and turns the desert a gorgeous yellow.

Found throughout much of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, it grows very well on dry slopes and along washes and roadsides where it collects extra water.

Sunset Zone(s): 9b-11
USDA Zone(s): 7-10
Blooming Period: Summer
Color: Bright Yellow
Exposure: Full Sun, intolerant of shade
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, loam
Water Usage: Xeric once established, appreciates occasional summer watering.
Collection elevation: 3820 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated

Price: $4.99 
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Cove's Cassia (Senna covesii)


Cove's Cassia (also known as Desert Senna) is a perennial shrub native to our Southwestern deserts.

A member of the pea family, Desert Senna grows most often in sandy and gravelly washes and open mesas below 3000 feet. It blooms with nearly fluorescent yellow flowers from April into May. This is a fantastic plant for xeriscape, and is often used after wildfires, and as native roadside revegetation.

Shrubs may reach 10' feet tall if cared for properly.

Sunset Zone(s): 10-13
USDA Zone(s): 7-10
Blooming Period: Spring
Color: Yellow
Exposure: Full Sun, intolerant of shade
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, can be tolerant of other soils
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 1250 feet
Location: San Bernardino County (private property) NOTE: CNPS list-Protected in California
Type:Open Pollinated
Germination: 90%

Packet:

Price: $4.99 
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Desert (Apricot) Globemallow ( Sphaeralcea ambigua )



Bright flowers adorn long, grayish-green stems. This is a perennial plant, new growth starts from the base each year in areas where temperatures dip near freezing. It can grow to 2 'x 3' or sometimes larger in an area with full sun and well drained soil,



USDA Zone(s): 9-10
Sunset Zone(s) 10-13
Blooming Period: Spring
Color: Bright Orange
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy,alkaline, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3300
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated

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Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)



Medium-to-large evergreen shrub has numerous flexible gray stems with black rings projecting at an angle from its base. It is usually less than 4 feet high, but can grow to 12-foot heights with abundant water. Its small pointed, yellow-green leaves have adapted to conserve water and dissipate heat extremely well. The bush may lose some of these waxy, resinous leaves during extreme drought, but never loses them all. It can be found in areas with well-drained slopes and on plains, especially those with a layer of caliche, up to 4,000 feet.

Creosote sends out underground runners, which grow into clones. Clones are plants that are exactly like their parents, and Creosote bush forms rings around itself. Even though the bushes in the outside rings are newer than the ones in the center, they're really all the same bush.

In one area of the Mojave Desert grows a creosote bush called "King Clone." it's "ring" of offspring, thought to be the oldest living plant in the world, dates back some 11,700 years!

One inch-wide twisted, yellow petals bloom from February through July, highly dependent on elevation and water availability.



Sunset Zone(s):
USDA Zone(s): 8-11
Blooming Period: Spring
Color: Light Purple
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravel, loam
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3450 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated

Price: $3.29 
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Fourwing Saltbush Atriplex canescens



Fourwing Saltbush, also called Shadscale, grows in drought tolerant areas, and does well in alkaline or saline, well draining soil.

This is a wonderful native shrub that can attain a height of up to 8 feet.

It tolerates temperatures to 0 degrees F once well established.

This is another important, nearly maintenance free shrub which provides important shade and cover to wildlife.



USDA Zone(s): 6-10
Sunset Zone(s) 2-24
Blooming Period: Spring
Color: Bright Gold
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy,alkaline, saline
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3400
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated

Price: $3.99 
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Deer Grass - Muhlenbergia rigens



Deer Grass is a perennial, desert native bunch grass. If left to grow, it may reach a height of five feet.

Deer grass needs well drained soil and full sun. Regular watering will help this shrub to really take-off. This is beneficial to your garden, as ladybugs love to overwinter in it, and some species of butterflies also utilize this plant for food.

Sunset Zone(s): 7-24
USDA Zone(s): 9-11
Blooming Period: Spring
Color: Bright Yellow or Purple
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3650 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated
Germination: 90%


Price: $3.99 
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Mojave Aster ( Xylorhiza tortifolia )



Many purple-to-lavender flowers grow up to 2 inches in diameter on this perennial shrub. They bloom from March through May, but sometimes it blooms in the fall as well after summer rains.

Sunset Zone(s):
USDA Zone(s): 8-11
Blooming Period: Spring
Color: Light Purple
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3475 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated

Price: $4.99 
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Spiny Hopsage ( Grayia spinosa )



Looking for a drought tolerant native desert shrub that really makes a statement? If so, then Spiny Hop-Sage is for you!

In the springtime months after a winter of sufficient rainfall, this is one of the brightest shrubs in the Mojave.

Female and male shrubs are "separate."

Female plants give a brilliant spring and early summer show.

Sunset Zone(s): 7-11
Blooming Period: Late Spring into Summer
Color: Bright pink
Exposure: Full Sun,
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, alkaline
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3475 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type: Open Pollinated

Price: $4.99 
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White Sage AKA Sacred, Grandmother Sage (Salvia apiana)



White sage is a gorgeous, heat and cold tolerant shrub that looks stunning in any garden.

This a the same sage that is used in Native American ceremonies, (smudging, blessings) and has been in use by native peoples for thousands of years.

Normally occurs from 3200 to 5600 feet.

If growing in low desert conditions, it will require afternoon shade

t will tolerate hot, dry conditions once established, and re-seeds itself easily.

Sunset Zone(s): 7,-11, 13-24
USDA Zone(s) 8-11
Blooming Period: Late Spring
Color: White/light lavender
Exposure: Full Sun unless in low desert, then afternoon shade
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, alkaline, loamy
Water Usage: Xeric
Collection elevation: 3475 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type: Open Pollinated

Price: $4.99 
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Mormon Tea - Ephedra nevadensis



Mormon Tea (Ephedra nevadensis) is a broom-like perennial shrub which attains a height of 1 to 4 feet. It is called Mormon Tea because of early settlers making tea from it's leaves. Native Americans also used it for medicinal purposes.

The branches are nearly at right angles, and each node has two leaves. This shrub is found from elevations of sea level to 4500 feet, in both the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts.

It prefers sandy, dry soil in direct sunlight, it cannot grow in the shade. It makes an excellent ground cover on rocky slopes.

A cold stratification period of at least three months is required for germination (and can be done in the refrigerator)

Sunset Zone(s): 2-13
USDA Zone(s): 7-11
Blooming Period: Spring
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, alkaline, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Xeric once established
Collection elevation: 3650 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated

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White Bursage, Burrow Weed - Ambrosia dumosa



White Bursage is a desert native shrub, and grows up to 2' tall x 3' wide.


USDA Zone(s): 7-10
Blooming Period: Summer
Color: Yellow
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Type: Gravelly, sandy, no clay soils.
Water Usage: Likes occasional water
Collection elevation: 3100 feet
Location: San Bernardino County
Type:Open Pollinated

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