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TUCSON DESERT PLANT LIST
SORTED BY FLOWER COLOR

This is a list of the 165 plant species currently on this website. The table below is sorted by flower color (see note below) then by common name, but if you would like a table sorted by common name, scientific name, or family, click on the appropriate column heading below. If you have an unknown flower, try using the thumbnails sorted by flower color.

Common Name Scientific Name Family Flower Color *
Bluedick Dichelostemma pulchellum Liliaceae bluish
Catchfly, Sleepy Silene antirrhina Caryophyllaceae bluish
Chia Salvia columbariae Labiatae bluish
Dalea, Parry Marina parryi Fabaceae bluish
Flax, Western Blue Linum lewisii Linaceae bluish
Gilia, Desert Gilia sinuata Polemoniaceae bluish
Heliotrope, Wild Phacelia distans Hydrophyllaceae bluish
Larkspur, Barestem Delphinium scaposum Ranunculaceae bluish
Lavender, Desert Hyptis emoryi Labiatae bluish
Locoweed Astragalus spp Fabaceae bluish
Lupine Lupinus sparsiflorus Fabaceae bluish
Nightshade, Silverleaf Solanum elaeagnifolium Solanaceae bluish
Phacelia, Scalloped Leaf Phacelia crenulata Hydrophyllaceae bluish
Snapdragon, Twining Maurandya antirrhiniflora Scrophulariaceae bluish
Stork's bill, Largeflower Erodium texanum Geraniaceae bluish
Toadflax, Blue Linaria texana Scrophulariaceae bluish
Verbena, Gooding's Glandularia gooddingii Verbenaceae bluish
Bursage, Triangleleaf Ambrosia deltoidea Compositae greenish
Fern, Cliff Brake, Spiny Pelleae truncata Polypodiaceae none
Fern, Cliff Brake, Wright's Pellaea ternifolia Polypodiaceae none
Fern, Cloak, Narrow Notholaena cochisensis Polypodiaceae none
Fern, Cloak, Star Notholaena standleyi Polypodiaceae none
Fern, Cloak, Wavy Notholaena sinuata Polypodiaceae none
Fern, Lip Cheilanthes spp Polypodiaceae none
Lichens Various spp Various none
Resurrection Plant Selaginella spp Selaginellaceae none
Spike Moss Selaginella arizonica Selaginellaceae none
Globemallow, Desert Sphaeralcea spp Malvaceae orangish
Honeysuckle, Desert Anisacanthus thurberi Acanthaceae orangish
Mallow, Indian Abutilon incanum Malvaceae orangish
Poppy, Arizona Kallstroemia grandiflora Zygophyllaceae orangish
Centaury Centaurium calycosum Gentianaceae pinkish
Cholla, Chainfruit (Jumping) Opuntia fulgida Cactaceae pinkish
Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis Bignoniaceae pinkish
Devil's Claw Proboscidea parviflora Martyniaceae pinkish
Fairy Duster Calliandra eriophylla Fabaceae pinkish
Filaree Erodium cicutarium Geraniaceae pinkish
Four O'Clock, Red Mirabilis coccineus Nyctaginaceae pinkish
Four O'Clock, Trailing Allionia incarnata Nyctaginaceae pinkish
Hedgehog Cactus, Cockscomb Echinocereus fasciculatus Cactaceae pinkish
Ironwood, Desert Olneya tesota Fabaceae pinkish
Lizard-tail Gaura parviflora Onagraceae pinkish
Hibiscus, Rock Hibiscus denudatus Malvaceae pinkish
Owl Clover Orthocarpus purpurascens Scrophulariaceae pinkish
Penstemon, Parry's Penstemon parryi Scrophulariaceae pinkish
Phlox, Slender Microsteris gracilis Polemoniaceae pinkish
Pincushion Cactus, Fishhook Mammillaria grahamii Cactaceae pinkish
Purple Mat Nama demissum Hydrophyllaceae pinkish
Ratany, Range Krameria grayi Krameriaceae pinkish
Ratany, White Krameria grayi Krameriaceae pinkish
Skeleton Weed Eriogonum deflexum Polygonaceae pinkish
Tamarisk (Salt Cedar) Tamarix ramosissima Rhamnaceae pinkish
Thistle, New Mexico Cirsium neomexicanum Compositae pinkish
Chuparosa Beloperone californica Acanthaceae reddish
Claret Cup Echinocereus triglochidiatus Cactaceae reddish
Coral Bean, Southwestern Erythrina flabelliformis Fabaceae reddish
Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens Fouquieriaceae reddish
Sage, Scarlet Stachys coccinea Labiatae reddish
Crucillo, Mexican Condalia warnockii Rhamnaceae tiny
Desert Mistletoe Phoradendron californicum Viscaceae tiny
Ephedra (Mormon Tea) Ephedra spp Ephedraceae tiny
Oak, Shrub Live Quercus turbinella Fagaceae tiny
Saltbush, Fourwing Atriplex canescens Chenopodiaceae tiny
Sycamore, Arizona Platanus wrightii Platanaceae tiny
Barrel Cactus, Fishhook Ferocactus wislizeni Cactaceae various
Cholla, Buckhorn Opuntia acanthocarpa Cactaceae various
Cholla, Staghorn Opuntia versicolor Cactaceae various
Lily, Desert Mariposa Calochortus kennedyi Liliaceae various
Anemone, Desert Anemone tuberosa Ranunculaceae whitish
Beargrass Nolina microcarpa Asparagaceae whitish
Bedstraw, Common Galium aparine Rubiaceae whitish
Bedstraw, Desert Galium stellatum Rubiaceae whitish
Bladderpod, Purple Lesquerella purpurea Cruciferae whitish
Buckwheat Eriogonum Polgonaceae whitish
Carlowrightia Carlowrightia arizonica Acanthaceae whitish
Carrot, Wild Daucus pusillus Umbelliferae whitish
Cereus, Desert Night-Blooming Peniocereus greggii Cactaceae whitish
Chicory, Desert Rafinesquia neomexicana Compositae whitish
Coldenia, Shrubby Tiquilia canescens Boraginaceae whitish
Cryptantha Cryptantha spp Boraginaceae whitish
Daisy, Woolly Eriophyllum lanosum Compositae whitish
Datura, Sacred Datura meteloides Solanaceae whitish
Desert Broom Baccharis sarothroides Compositae whitish
Desert Star, Mojave Monoptilon bellioides Compositae whitish
Dodder Cuscuta spp Convolvulaceae whitish
Euphorbia Euphorbia spp Euphorbiaceae whitish
Fleabane Erigeron divergens Compositae whitish
Grass, Fluff Erioneuron pulchellum Poaceae whitish
Grass, Fountain Pennisetum setaceum Poaceae whitish
Graythorn Ziziphus obtusifolia Rhamnaceae whitish
Hackberry, Desert Celtis pallida Ulmaceae whitish
Jewelflower, Arizona Streptanthus arizonicus Cruciferae whitish
Lacepod Thysanocarpus curvipes Cruciferae whitish
Limberbush Jatropha cardiophylla Euphorbiaceae whitish
Milkweed, Rambling Sarcostemma hirtellum Asclepiadaceae whitish
Odora Porophyllum gracile Compositae whitish
Peppergrass Lepidium spp Cruciferae whitish
Phlox, Desert Phlox tenuifolia Polemoniaceae whitish
Pincushion, Esteve's Chaenactis stevioides Compositae whitish
Plantain, Pursh Plantago purshii Plantaginaceae whitish
Poison Ivy Rhus radicans Anacardiaceae whitish
Poppy, Prickly Argemone gracilenta Papaveraceae whitish
Ragged Rock Flower Crossosoma bigelovii Crossosomataceae whitish
Rosewood, Arizona Vauquelinia californica Rosaceae whitish
Russian Thistle Salsola australis Chenopodiaceae whitish
Saguaro Carnegiea gigantea Cactaceae whitish
Siphonoglossa Siphonoglossa longiflora Acanthaceae whitish
Tackstem, White Calycoseris wrightii Compositae whitish
Thread Plant Nemacladus glanduliferus Campanulaceae whitish
Wait-A-Minute Bush Mimosa aculeaticarpa Fabaceae whitish
Willow, Seep Baccharis salicifolia Compositae whitish
Wishbone Bush, Desert Mirabilis bigelovii Nyctaginaceae whitish
Wolfberry, Berlandier Lycium berlandieri Solanaceae whitish
Yucca, Banana Yucca baccata Agavaceae whitish
Yucca, Soaptree Yucca elata Agavaceae whitish
Zinnia, Desert Zinnia acerosa Compositae whitish
Acacia, Catclaw Acacia greggii Fabaceae yellowish
Acacia, Whitethorn Acacia constricta Fabaceae yellowish
Agave, Parry's Agave parryi Agavaceae yellowish
Amsinckia Amsinckia intermedia Boraginaceae yellowish
Bahia Bahia absinthifolia Compositae yellowish
Brickellia, Coulter's Brickellia coulteri Compositae yellowish
Brittlebush Encelia farinosa Compositae yellowish
Burroweed Isocoma tenuisecta Compositae yellowish
Cholla, Christmas Opuntia leptocaulis Cactaceae yellowish
Cholla, Pencil Opuntia arbuscula Cactaceae yellowish
Cholla, Teddybear Opuntia bigelovii Cactaceae yellowish
Cockroach Plant Haplophyton crooksii Apocynaceae yellowish
Coursetia Coursetia glandulosa Fabaceae yellowish
Creosote Bush Larrea tridentata Zygophyllaceae yellowish
Daisy, Yellow Spiny Machaeranthera gracilis Compositae yellowish
Dandelion, Desert Malacothrix californica Compositae yellowish
Dyssodia Dyssodia acerosa Compositae yellowish
Dyssodia, San Felipe Dyssodia porophylloides Compositae yellowish
Evening Primrose, Mustard Camissonia californica Onagraceae yellowish
Gourd, Buffalo Cucurbita foetidissima Cucurbitaceae yellowish
Groundsel, Sand Wash Senecio douglasii Compositae yellowish
Herissantia Herissantia crispa Malvaceae yellowish
Hopbush Dodonaea viscosa Sapindaceae yellowish
Janusia Janusia gracilis Malpighiaceae yellowish
Jojoba Simmondsia chinensis Simmondsiaceae yellowish
London Rocket Sisymbrium irio Cruciferae yellowish
Lotus, Hill Lotus humistratus Fabaceae yellowish
Lotus, Wiry Lotus rigidus Fabaceae yellowish
Mallow, Desert Rose Hibiscus coulteri Malvaceae yellowish
Marigold, Desert Baileya multiradiata Compositae yellowish
Menodora, Yellow Menodora scabra Oleaceae yellowish
Mesquite, Velvet Prosopis velutina Fabaceae yellowish
Monkey Flower, Common Mimulus guttatus Scrophulariaceae yellowish
Mustard, Bladderpod Lesquerella gordoni Cruciferae yellowish
Paloverde, Blue Parkinsonia florida Fabaceae yellowish
Paloverde, Foothill Parkinsonia microphylla Fabaceae yellowish
Paloverde, Mexican Parkinsonia aculeata Fabaceae yellowish
Paperflower, Cooper's Psilostrophe cooperi Compositae yellowish
Poppy, Mexican Gold Eschscholtzia mexicana Papaveraceae yellowish
Prickly Pear Cactus Opuntia spp Cactaceae yellowish
Primrose, Bottle Evening Oenothera primiveris Onagraceae yellowish
Ragweed, Canyon Ambrosia ambrosioides Compositae yellowish
Senna, Desert Senna covesii Fabaceae yellowish
Shindagger Agave schottii Agavaceae yellowish
Sida Sida albutifolia Malvaceae yellowish
Silver Puffs Microseris linearifolia Compositae yellowish
Sotol (Desert Spoon) Dasylirion wheeleri Agavaceae yellowish
Sowthistle, Spiny Sonchus asper Compositae yellowish
Tobacco, Desert Nicotiana trigonophylla Solanaceae yellowish
Tobacco, Tree Nicotiana glauca Solanaceae yellowish
Trixis Trixis californica Compositae yellowish
Trumpet Bush, Yellow Tecoma stans Bignoniaceae yellowish
Turpentine Bush Ericameria laricifolia Compositae yellowish

* Flower Colors vary from individual to individual and with age within an individual. Also, flower colors vary along a continuum and are seen differently by different people. Therefore, if you see a species with a certain flower color, but don't find it among the plants listed with that flower color, look also at the plants with similar flower colors. Here is how I categorized flower color:


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