Tohono Chul Park, Inc.

Tohono Chul Park is a leading center of desert nature, arts and culture. This oasis in the desert, provides an informative look at the region's fascinating cultural traditions and its even more interesting flora and fauna. The mission of Tohono Chul Park is to enrich people's lives by providing them the opportunity to find peace and inspiration in a place of beauty, to experience the wonders of the Sonoran Desert, and to gain knowledge of the natural and cultural heritage of the region. TCP is a 49 acre desert preserve with nature trails, demonstration and specialty gardens, education programming and art and cultural exhibits pertaining to the Sonoran desert region and promoting the use of arid-adapted plants.


Scientific Name Common Name Duration Habit Sun Water
Acacia angustissima Prairie acacia, Fern acacia, Prairie wattle, Whiteball acacia Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Agave palmeri Palmer's century plant, Palmer agave, Blue century plant Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun, Part-shade Dry
Allium macropetalum Largeflower onion, Large-petal onion, Desert onion, Desert onion lily Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Amoreuxia palmatifida Mexican yellowshow Perennial Herb
Anemopsis californica Yerba mansa, Yerba-mansa, Lizard tail Perennial Herb Sun Wet
Anisacanthus puberulus Dwarf desert honeysuckle, Pinky Anisacanthus, Pinkie Anisacanth Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Aquilegia chrysantha Golden columbine, Yellow columbine, Southwestern yellow columbine Perennial Herb Shade, Part-shade Moist
Aquilegia coerulea Colorado blue columbine, Rocky Mountain columbine Perennial Herb Shade Moist
Aquilegia triternata Chiricahua Mountain columbine Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Moist
Arbutus arizonica Arizona madrone Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Arbutus xalapensis Texas madrone, Madrone, Naked indian, Manzanita Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Dry
Asclepias linaria Pineneedle milkweed, Needle-Leaf Milkweed Perennial Herb, Subshrub
Astrolepis integerrima Hybrid cloakfern Perennial Herb, Fern
Astrolepis sinuata Wavy scaly cloakfern Perennial Herb, Fern Sun, Part-shade Dry
Bursera microphylla Elephant tree, Elephant-tree Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Capsicum annuum Chile pequin, Chile petin, Bird pepper, Turkey pepper , Cayenne pepper Annual, Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist
Clematis drummondii Drummond's clematis, Old man's beard, Texas virgin's bower, Goat's beard Perennial Vine Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Crossosoma bigelovii Crossosoma, Ragged rockflower Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Diospyros texana Texas persimmon, Mexican persimmon, Black persimmon, Chapote, Chapote prieto Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Dry
Erysimum capitatum Prairie rocket, Sand-dune wallflower, Sanddune wallflower, Western wallflower Biennial Herb Sun Dry
Fouquieria splendens Ocotillo, Devil's walking stick, Candlewood Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Fraxinus gooddingii Goodding Ash, Goodding's ash Perennial Tree
Heuchera sanguinea Coralbells, New Mexican coralbells, Arizona coralbells Perennial Herb Shade
Hilaria belangeri Curly mesquite grass, Curly mesquite Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Iris missouriensis Rocky Mountain iris, Western blue flag Perennial Herb Sun Wet
Menodora longiflora Showy menodora, Twin-pod Perennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Menodora scabra Rough menodora Perennial Subshrub Sun
Merremia dissecta Alamo Vine, Noyau vine, Correhuela de las Doce Perennial Vine Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Mirabilis longiflora Sweet four o'clock, Long-flowered four o'clock Perennial Herb
Mirabilis multiflora Colorado four o'clock Perennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Oenothera caespitosa Tufted evening primrose, Gumbo evening primrose, Gumbo lily, Fragrant evening primrose Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Parthenium incanum Mariola Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Peniocereus greggii Nightblooming cereus, Night-blooming Cereus Perennial Shrub, Cactus/Succulent
Penstemon ambiguus Pink plains penstemon, Pink plains beardtongue, Gilia penstemon, Gilia beardtongue, Sand penstemon, Sand beardtongue Perennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Penstemon angustifolius Broadbeard penstemon, Broadbeard beardtongue, Whorled penstemon, Whorled beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun
Penstemon baccharifolius Rock penstemon, Rock beardtongue, Cut-leaf penstemon, Cut-leaf beardtongue, Baccharis-leaf penstemon, Baccharis-leaf beardtongue Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Penstemon barbatus Scarlet bugler, Beard-lip penstemon, Beard-lip beardtongue, Red penstemon, Red beardtongue Perennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Penstemon centranthifolius Scarlet bugler Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Penstemon clevelandii Cleveland's penstemon, Cleveland's beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Penstemon cobaea Wild foxglove, Prairie penstemon, Prairie beardtongue, Foxglove penstemon, Foxglove beardtongue, False foxglove, Large-flowered penstemon, Large-flowered beardtongue, Cobaea penstemon, Cobaea beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Dry
Penstemon confertus Yellow penstemon, Yellow beardtongue Perennial Subshrub Sun Dry
Penstemon crandallii Crandall's penstemon, Crandall's beardtongue Perennial Subshrub
Penstemon cyananthus Wasatch penstemon, Wasatch beardtongue, Platte River penstemon, Platte River beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Penstemon dasyphyllus Cochise penstemon, Cochise beardtongue Perennial Herb
Penstemon fendleri Fendler's penstemon, Fendler's beardtongue, Fendler penstemon, Fendler beardtongue, Purple foxglove Perennial Herb Sun
Penstemon grandiflorus Large penstemon, Large beardtongue, Large-flower penstemon, Large-flower beardtongue, Large-flowered penstemon, Large-flowered beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun
Penstemon grinnellii Grinnell's penstemon, Grinnell's beardtongue Perennial Subshrub
Penstemon heterophyllus Bunchleaf penstemon, Bunchleaf beardtongue, Foothill penstemon, Foothill beardtongue Perennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Penstemon jamesii James's penstemon, James's beardtongue, James penstemon, James beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun
Penstemon labrosus San Gabriel penstemon, San Gabriel beardtongue, Southern scarlet penstemon, Southern scarlet beardtongue Perennial Herb Part-shade
Penstemon leiophyllus Smoothleaf penstemon, Smoothleaf beardtongue Perennial Subshrub
Penstemon pachyphyllus Thickleaf penstemon, Thickleaf beardtongue Perennial Herb
Penstemon parryi Parry's penstemon, Parry's beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Penstemon pinifolius Pine-needle penstemon, Pine-needle beardtongue Perennial Subshrub Sun Dry
Penstemon procerus Littleflower penstemon, Littleflower beardtongue Perennial Subshrub Sun Moist
Penstemon pseudospectabilis Desert penstemon, Desert beardtongue, Rosy desert penstemon, Rosy desert beardtongue, Canyon penstemon, Canyon beardtongue, Mohave penstemon, Mohave beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Penstemon rydbergii Rydberg's penstemon, Rydberg's beardtongue Perennial Subshrub Sun Dry
Penstemon secundiflorus Sidebells penstemon, Sidebells beardtongue Perennial Herb
Penstemon smallii Small's penstemon, Small's beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Moist
Penstemon strictus Rocky Mountain penstemon, Rocky Mountain beardtongue Perennial Herb Part-shade
Penstemon subulatus Hackberry penstemon, Hackberry beardtongue Perennial Herb
Penstemon superbus Superb penstemon, Superb beardtongue Perennial Herb
Penstemon thompsoniae Thompson's penstemon, Thompson's beardtongue Perennial Subshrub
Penstemon thurberi Thurber's penstemon, Thurber's beardtongue, Sand penstemon, Sand beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun
Penstemon triflorus Hill Country penstemon, Hill Country beardtongue, Scarlet penstemon, Scarlet beardtongue, Heller's penstemon, Heller's beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Penstemon venustus Venus penstemon, Venus beardtongue Perennial Subshrub Sun
Penstemon virgatus Upright blue penstemon, Upright blue beardtongue Perennial Herb
Penstemon whippleanus Whipple's penstemon, Whipple's beardtongue Perennial Subshrub Part-shade
Penstemon wrightii Wright's penstemon, Wright's beardtongue, Wright penstemon, Wright beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Robinia neomexicana New Mexico locust, Mescal bean Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Ruellia nudiflora Violet ruellia, Common wild petunia, Violet wild petunia, Wild petunia Perennial Herb Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Sabal mexicana Mexican palm, Palma Di Micharos, Rio Grande palmetto, Texas palm, Texas palmetto Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Sabal palmetto Cabbage palmetto, Cabbage palm Perennial Tree Part-shade
Salazaria mexicana Bladder Sage, Mexican bladdersage Perennial Shrub
Salvia arizonica Arizona sage, Desert indigo sage Perennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Salvia henryi Crimson sage Perennial Herb
Simmondsia chinensis Jojoba, Goatnut, Quinine plant Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Stanleya pinnata Desert princes' plume, Golden princes' plume, Golden desert plume, Sentinel of the plains Perennial Herb Sun
Stenocereus thurberi Organpipe cactus, Organ-pipe cactus Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry