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Desert Plants and Flowers

The desert really isn't barren; it's alive with unusual plants and beautiful flowers that just look different from those in other parts of the country.
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Palo Verde is the Arizona State Tree
The Palo Verde tree is the state tree of Arizona. It has a green trunk and green branches, and blooms with bright yellow flowers.

Bottlebrush
The Bottlebrush or Red Bottlebrush is one of several easy plants and shrubs that you can use in your desert garden. These desert plants are evergreen and have desert flowers to enjoy.

Texas Sage / Purple Sage
The purple sage or Texas sage is one of several easy plants and shrubs that you can use in your desert garden. These desert plants are evergreen and have desert flowers to enjoy.

Yellow Bells
Yellow Bells is one of several easy plants and shrubs that you can use in your desert garden. These desert plants are evergreen and have desert flowers to enjoy.

Orange Jubilee or Orange Bells
The Orange Jubilee, or Orange Bells plant, is one of several easy plants and shrubs that you can use in your desert garden. These desert plants are evergreen and have desert flowers to enjoy.

Know the Phoenix Plant Zone
Find out what the USDA and Sunset Guide zones are for plants and trees in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

5 Best Grasses for Arizona Lawns
Are you considering putting in a lawn at your Phoenix home? Here are some tips on 5 different types of lawns that are available in the desert.

Arizona Wildflower and Cactus Field Guides
Here is a selection of Arizona Wildflower and Cactus Field Guides. Enjoy the flora of the Sonoran Desert, and use these fields guides to identify Arizona plants and flowers.

Arizona's State Flower: Saguaro Flower
Our state flower is unique and gorgeous. Here's a photo, and some information about the saguaro blossom.

Arizona's State Tree: Palo Verde
The Palo Verde's yellow blossoms are beautiful when they bloom each spring. Check out these photos.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum
The Boyce Thompson Arboretum was created from 1923 to 1929 as a museum of living plants to help instill in humanity an appreciation of plants. The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located east of Phoenix.

Cactus Art Prints
Enjoy pictures of and purchase these art prints depicting saguaro cacti and other cactus plants and succulents commonly found in the Arizona desert.

Cactus Plants and Flowers
Pictures of Arizona cactus flowers. These pictures of cactus plants and cactus flowers were taken in the Phoenix area.

Creosote Bush
What is that smell? Phoenix resident Phil Persson tells us that it is the creosote bush. Find out more about this desert plant.

Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona
Located in Papago Park not far from downtown Phoenix you'll find a local treasure, actually declared a Phoenix Point of Pride. It is the desert Botanical Garden. You'll be amazed at the beauty and colors of the desert!

Desert Botanical Garden
See pictures of Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. Desert Botanical Garden is a Phoenix Point of Pride.

Desert Cactus Flower Pictures
Springtime in the desert not only brings wildflowers, but many varieties of cactus also bloom with gorgeous, colorful flowers.

Desert Gardening
Need some help planning or maintaining that desert garden? here are my top picks for books about desert gardening that should be a part of every Arizonan's library.

Desert Plants - Desert Landscaping
Here are seven easy plants and shrubs that you can use in your desert garden. These desert plants are evergreen and have desert flowers to enjoy.

Desert Wildflower Trail at Desert Botanical Garden
The Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail is one of five trails that you can enjoy on a visit to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.

Easy Desert Plants
Here are pictures of some of the desert shrubs and bushes that are the easiest to plant, water and care for. Your Phoenix garden might include some of these easy desert plants.

Flood Irrigation
Find out which homes in Phoenix have flood irrigation. What is flood irrigation, and what does it mean?

Green Living in Phoenix
Here are resources for Phoenix residents on "living green." That is, conserving our natural resources and living in a healthier way, for ourselves and for our environment.

How To Grow Wildflowers
Find out how to plant wildflowers in your yard. Desert wildflowers are easy to grow and provide colorful springtime blooms in Phoenix.

Irrigation Systems FAQ
Irrigation and drip systmes are important to understand for people who live in the desert. Learn the basics from your About Guide to Landscaping.

Landscape Watering by the Numbers
Find out about a free booklet to help you better control the watering of your grass, trees and plants.

Lawn Ornaments of the Southwest
Vote for your favorite donkey lawn ornament here!

Plant a Saguaro Cactus Step-by-Step
See a step-by-step photo exhibit of the planting of a saguaro cactus.

Protect Your Plants and Trees From Frost
Ten tips on preventing damage to trees and plants in Phoenix when the temperatures are freezing and there is frost.

Saguaro Cactus Flowers
The saguaro cactus flower is Arizona's State Flower. Learn more about the saguaro cactus flower and see pictures.

Desert Wildflowers
Photographs of desert wildflowers taken at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park.

Saguaro Cactus
The saguaro cactus is a very unusual looking tree of the desert. Learn more about the saguaro cactus and see pictures from the Phoenix area.

Saguaro: Definition and Pronunciation
A desert tree, the saguaro is a cactus. Here's the definition and pronunciation of saguaro.

Summer Lawns: Watering Tips and Schedule
If you have a lawn in the Phoenix area, you should know how long and how often to water the grass for the best lawn while conserving water. Get a watering schedule for summer grass.

Take Pictures of Arizona Wildflowers
How to take pictures of Arizona wildflowers--some simple steps for non-professional photographers.

Tumbleweeds
Tumbleweeds -- are tumbleweeds dead? Are tumbleweeds weeds? Why do tumbleweeds tumble?

Water Conservation
Here are some tips that can help conserve a very valuable resource--our water.

What is a Sequoia Cactus?
Is there such a thing as a Sequoia Cactus?

Who Wants To Be A Desert Expert
Test your knowledge of the desert in this quiz based on the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" TV game show.

Winter Rye Grass
Information about our lawns in Phoenix, and why we plant both summer Bermuda grass and winter rye grass.

Wildflowers - Arizona Desert Wildflowers
When the desert is in bloom, the desert wildflowers in Arizona are magnificant. Enjoy these details about Arizona's wildflower season and a picture gallery of desert wildflowers.

How Many Arms can a Saguaro Have?
How many arms can a saguaro cactus have? Here is a photo of one that has about 50 arms!

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