Texas-West Recommended

Commercially available native plant species suitable for planned landscapes in West Texas. Visit our Suppliers Directory to locate businesses that sell native plants or seeds or provide professional landscape or consulting services in this state. Visit the Organizations Directory to locate native plant societies, conservation groups, governmental agencies, botanical gardens, arboreta, and other plant-related organizations in this state.


Scientific Name Common Name Duration Habit Sun Water
Acacia constricta Whitethorn acacia, White-thorn acacia, Mescat acacia, Mescat wattle, Whitethorn, Vara Prieta, Chaparro Prieto Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Acacia farnesiana Huisache, Sweet acacia, Mealy wattle Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Acacia greggii Catclaw acacia, Gregg acacia, Long-flower catclaw, Una de gato Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Acacia roemeriana Roundflower catclaw, Round-flower catclaw, Roemer acacia, Catclaw, Roemer's acacia, Catclaw acacia Perennial Shrub, Tree Sun Dry
Agave americana American century plant, Century plant Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Agave lechuguilla Lechuguilla, Tula ixtle Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Agave parryi ssp. neomexicana Parry's agave, New Mexico agave Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Amblyolepis setigera Huisache daisy, Butterfly daisy, Honey daisy Annual Herb Part-shade Dry
Amorpha canescens Leadplant, Leadplant amorpha, Prairie shoestring Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana Hinckley's golden columbine, Yellow columbine, Hinckley columbine, Capote columbine Perennial Herb Shade, Part-shade Moist
Arbutus xalapensis Texas madrone, Madrone, Naked indian, Manzanita, Lady's leg Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Dry
Artemisia filifolia Sand sagebrush, Silver sagebrush, Silvery wormwood, Sand sage Perennial Subshrub Part-shade Dry
Asclepias tuberosa Butterflyweed, Butterfly milkweed, Orange milkweed, Pleurisy root, Chigger flower Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Atriplex canescens Chamiso, Four-wing saltbush, Fourwing saltbush, Wingscale Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Baileya multiradiata Desert marigold, Showy desert marigold, Paper daisy, Desert baileya Annual Herb Part-shade Dry
Bouteloua curtipendula Sideoats grama Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Bouteloua dactyloides Buffalograss, Buffalo grass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Bouteloua gracilis Blue grama Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Bouteloua ramosa Chino grama Grass/Grass-like
Bouvardia ternifolia Scarlet bouvardia, Firecracker bush, Trompetilla, Clavillo Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Callirhoe involucrata Winecup, Purple poppy mallow Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Ceanothus fendleri Fendler ceanothus, Fendler's ceanothus Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Ceanothus greggii Desert ceanothus Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Celtis laevigata var. reticulata Netleaf hackberry, Netleaf sugar hackberry, Sugar Hackberry, Texas Sugarberry, Palo Blanco, Acibuche Perennial Tree Part-shade
Centaurea americana American basket-flower, American star-thistle, Basket-Flower, Star thistle, Shaving brush Annual Herb Part-shade Dry
Cercis canadensis var. mexicana Mexican redbud Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Dry
Cercis canadensis var. texensis Texas redbud Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Dry
Cercocarpus montanus Alderleaf mountain mahogany, Alder-leaf mountain-mahogany, Mountain mahogany, Silverleaf mountain mahogany Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Chilopsis linearis Desert willow, Flowering willow, Willow-leaved catalpa, Trumpet flower Perennial Tree Sun Moist, Dry
Chrysactinia mexicana Damianita Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Coreopsis tinctoria Plains coreopsis, Golden tickseed, Goldenwave, Calliopsis Annual Herb Sun, Part-shade Moist
Cosmos parviflorus Southwestern cosmos, Southwest cosmos Annual Herb
Cylindropuntia imbricata var. imbricata Cane cactus, Cholla, Teddy-bear cholla, Tree cholla, Walkingstick cholla Perennial Shrub, Cactus/Succulent Sun, Part-shade Dry
Dalea formosa Feather dalea, Featherplume Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Dalea frutescens Black dalea, Black prairie clover Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Dalea greggii Gregg dalea, Gregg's prairie clover, Trailing indigo bush, Indigo bush Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Dry
Dasylirion leiophyllum Green sotol, Sotol, Desert candle Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Dasylirion wheeleri Common sotol, Sotol, Desert Spoon, Desert candle Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Echinocereus coccineus var. coccineus Scarlet hedgehog cactus Perennial Cactus/Succulent
Echinocereus dasyacanthus Spiny hedgehog cactus, Texas rainbow cactus, Golden rainbow hedgehog, Yellow Pitaya Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Echinocereus enneacanthus Pitaya, Strawberry cactus Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Echinocereus pectinatus Rainbow cactus Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Echinocereus stramineus Strawberry hedgehog cactus Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Echinocereus triglochidiatus Claret cup, Hedgehog cactus, Kingcup cactus, Mojave mound Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Echinocereus viridiflorus Green Pitaya, Nylon hedgehog cactus Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Engelmannia peristenia Engelmann's daisy, Engelmann Daisy, Cutleaf Daisy Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Ephedra trifurca Ephedra, Mormon tea, Longleaf jointfir, Jointfir, Longleaf teabush, Tea weed, Canutillo Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Ericameria laricifolia Turpentine bush, Larchleaf goldenweed, Turpentine brush Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Ericameria nauseosa ssp. nauseosa Chamisa, Rabbitbrush, Rubber rabbitbrush Perennial Shrub Sun
Fallugia paradoxa Apache plume, Ponil Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Fendlera rupicola Cliff fendlerbush, False mock-orange Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Forestiera pubescens Stretchberry, Elbow bush, Spring herald Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Fouquieria splendens Ocotillo, Devil's walking stick, Candlewood Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Fraxinus greggii Gregg's ash, Littleleaf ash, Escobilla Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Fraxinus velutina Arizona ash, Desert ash, Velvet ash Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Gaillardia pinnatifida Blanket flower, Red dome blanketflower, Red-dome blanket-flower, Yellow gaillardia Perennial Herb Sun
Garrya wrightii Wright's silktassel Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Glandularia bipinnatifida Purple prairie verbena, Prairie verbena, Dakota vervain, Dakota mock vervain, Moradilla Perennial Herb, Subshrub Part-shade Moist, Dry
Helianthus petiolaris Prairie sunflower, Plains sunflower Annual Herb Sun
Hesperaloe parviflora Red yucca, Coral yucca, Red flowered false yucca, Redflower false yucca, Samandoque, Yellow yucca Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Hesperocyparis arizonica Arizona cypress Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Hibiscus denudatus Paleface, Rock hibiscus Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Hibiscus martianus Heartleaf rosemallow, Tulipan del Monte, Heartleaf Hibiscus Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Dry
Holodiscus discolor Oceanspray, Hillside oceanspray, Cream bush, Mountain spray Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Moist
Juglans major Arizona walnut Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Dry
Juglans microcarpa Little walnut, Nogalito, Texas walnut, Texas black walnut, River walnut Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Juniperus deppeana Alligator juniper, Checkerbark juniper, Tacate, Tlascal Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Juniperus monosperma Oneseed juniper, One-seed juniper, Cherrystone juniper Perennial Shrub Part-shade
Juniperus scopulorum Rocky Mountain juniper, Rocky Mountain red cedar Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Dry
Lantana urticoides Texas lantana, Calico bush Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Larrea tridentata Creosote bush, Greasewood, Hediondilla, Governadora, Guamis Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Leptochloa dubia Green sprangletop Perennial Grass/Grass-like Part-shade Dry
Leucaena retusa Goldenball leadtree, Littleleaf leadtree Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Leucophyllum frutescens Cenizo, Purple sage, Texas ranger, Texas barometer bush, Texas silverleaf, Texas sage, Silverleaf Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Liatris punctata Dotted blazing star, Dotted gayfeather, Dotted liatris Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Linum lewisii Wild blue flax, Prairie flax, Lewis flax Perennial Subshrub Sun Dry
Lupinus havardii Big Bend bluebonnet, Big Bend lupine, Havard bluebonnet, Chisos bluebonnet Annual Herb Sun Dry
Machaeranthera tanacetifolia Tanseyleaf tansyaster, Tahoka Daisy, Tansy Aster Annual Herb Sun, Part-shade Dry
Mahonia haematocarpa Red barberry, Algerita, Red Oregon-grape Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Mahonia trifoliolata Agarita, Agarito, Algerita, Laredo mahonia, Laredo Oregon-grape, Trifoliate barberry Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Melampodium leucanthum Blackfoot Daisy, Rock daisy, Plains blackfoot Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Dry
Monarda citriodora Lemon beebalm, Purple horsemint, Lemon mint, Plains horsemint, Lemon horsemint, Horsemint, Purple lemon mint Annual Herb Sun, Part-shade Dry
Muhlenbergia rigida Purple muhly Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Nolina erumpens Foothill beargrass, Mesa sacahuista Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Nolina texana Texas sacahuista, Texas beargrass, Basket grass, Sacahuista, Bunchgrass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Part-shade Dry
Oenothera albicaulis Whitest evening-primrose, White-stem evening-primrose, Pale evening-primrose Annual Herb Sun
Oenothera brachycarpa Short-fruit evening-primrose, Shortfruit evening-primrose Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Oenothera primiveris Bottle evening-primrose, Desert evening-primrose, Yellow-flower desert evening-primrose Annual Herb Sun
Oenothera speciosa Pink evening primrose, Showy evening primrose, Mexican evening primrose, Showy primrose, Pink ladies, Buttercups, Pink buttercups Perennial Herb Sun Moist, Dry
Opuntia engelmannii Cactus apple Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Opuntia macrocentra Purple Prickly Pear, Purple pricklypear Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Opuntia macrorhiza Common prickly-pear, Plains prickly pear, Prickly Pear, Twist-spine prickly-pear, Twistspine pricklypear Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Opuntia phaeacantha Tulip prickly pear, Brownspine prickly pear cactus, Purple-fruited prickly pear, Brown-spined prickly pear, New mexico prickly pear, Desert prickly pear Perennial Cactus/Succulent Part-shade Dry
Opuntia polyacantha Plains pricklypear, Hair-spine prickly-pear, Plains prickly-pear Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Pascopyrum smithii Western wheatgrass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun, Part-shade Moist
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 cobaea Wild foxglove, Prairie penstemon, Prairie beardtongue, Foxglove penstemon, Foxglove beardtongue, False foxglove, Large-flowered penstemon, Large-flowered beardtongue, Cobaea penstemon, Cobaea beardtongue, Wild foxglove Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Dry
Penstemon fendleri Fendler's penstemon, Fendler's beardtongue, Fendler penstemon, Fendler beardtongue, Purple foxglove Perennial Herb Sun
Penstemon jamesii James's penstemon, James's beardtongue, James penstemon, James beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun
Penstemon wrightii Wright's penstemon, Wright's beardtongue, Wright penstemon, Wright beardtongue Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Pinus cembroides Mexican pinyon, Mexican pinyon pine Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Pinus edulis Colorado pinyon pine, Pinyon pine, Two-needle pine, Colorado pinyon, Pinyon Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Pinus ponderosa var. scopulorum Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine, Interior ponderosa pine, Ponderosa pine Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Pistacia mexicana Mexican pistachio, Texas pistachio, American pistachio Perennial Tree Sun
Pleuraphis mutica Tobosa grass, Tobosagrass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun Dry
Populus deltoides Eastern cottonwood, Alamo, Carolina poplar, Necklace Poplar Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist, Dry
Populus tremuloides Quaking aspen, Aspen Perennial Tree Sun, Shade, Part-shade Wet, Moist, Dry
Prosopis glandulosa Honey mesquite Perennial Tree Sun Dry
Pseudotsuga menziesii Blue Douglas fir, Douglas-fir Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Psilostrophe tagetina Paperflower, Woolly paper-flower, Woolly paperflower Biennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Psorothamnus scoparius Broom dalea, Broom pea, Broom smokebush Perennial Shrub Sun
Purshia ericifolia Heath cliff-rose, Heath cliffrose Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Quercus emoryi Emory oak, Black Oak, Bellota, Roble Negro, Holly Oak, Apache Oak, Desert Live Oak, Western Black Oak Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Quercus gambelii Gambel oak, Rocky Mountain white oak Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Quercus grisea Gray oak, Mexican blue oak Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Quercus muehlenbergii Chinkapin oak, Chinquapin oak, Chestnut oak, Yellow chestnut oak, Yellow oak, Rock chestnut oak, Rock oak Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Dry
Quercus turbinella Sonoran scrub oak, Shrub live oak, Turbinella Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Quercus vaseyana Vasey oak, Sandpaper oak Perennial Tree Part-shade Dry
Ratibida columnifera Mexican hat, Prairie coneflower, Upright prairie coneflower, Red-spike mexican-hat, Long-headed coneflower, Thimbleflower Perennial Herb Sun Moist, Dry
Rhus aromatica Fragrant sumac, Aromatic sumac, Lemon sumac, Polecat bush Perennial Shrub Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Rhus microphylla Littleleaf sumac, Desert sumac, Correosa, Agritos Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Rhus virens Evergreen sumac, Tobacco sumac Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Rhus virens var. choriophylla Mearn sumac, Evergreen sumac Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Salvia farinacea Mealy blue sage, Mealy sage, Mealycup sage Perennial Herb Sun Moist
Salvia greggii Autumn sage, Cherry sage, Gregg salvia Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Salvia regla Mountain sage, Royal sage Perennial Shrub Shade, Part-shade Dry
Salvia roemeriana Cedar sage Perennial Herb Part-shade Dry
Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea Blue elder, Black elder, Blue (Mexican) elderberry Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Moist
Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii Western soapberry, Soapberry Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium Little bluestem Perennial Grass/Grass-like
Senna lindheimeriana Lindheimer's senna, Velvet leaf senna, Velvetleaf senna, Velvet-leaf wild sensitive-plant, Puppy-dog ears Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Senna roemeriana Twoleaf senna, Two leaved senna Perennial Shrub Part-shade Dry
Senna wislizeni Canyon senna, Shrubby senna, Dwarf senna, Wislizenus's senna, Wislizenus's wild sensitive-plant, Carrozo, Pinacate, Palo prieto, Pinacatillo, HojasÚn, Ejotillo Perennial Shrub Sun Moist
Sophora secundiflora Texas mountain laurel, Mountain laurel, Mescal bean, Mescal bean sophora, Frijolillo, Frijolito Perennial Shrub, Tree Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Sorghastrum nutans Indiangrass, Yellow indian grass Perennial Grass/Grass-like Sun, Shade, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Sporobolus airoides Alkali sacaton Perennial Grass/Grass-like Part-shade Moist
Symphyotrichum ericoides White heath aster, Heath Aster Perennial Herb Sun Dry
Tecoma stans Yellow bells, Yellowbells, Esperanza, Yellow trumpetbush, Yellow trumpetflower, Trumpetbush, Trumpetflower, Yellow elder Perennial Shrub Sun, Part-shade Dry
Thymophylla pentachaeta var. pentachaeta Dogweed, Dyssodia, Fiveneedle pricklyleaf Perennial Subshrub Sun
Ungnadia speciosa Mexican buckeye Perennial Tree Sun, Part-shade Dry
Vauquelinia corymbosa ssp. angustifolia Slimleaf rosewood, Chisos rosewood, Guauyul Perennial Shrub Sun Dry
Wedelia texana Zexmenia, Orange zexmenia, Wedelia, Hairy wedelia, Texas creeping-oxeye Perennial Herb Sun, Part-shade Moist, Dry
Yucca elata Soaptree yucca, Soaptree, Palmilla, Palmella, Amole Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Yucca thompsoniana Thompson's yucca, Thompson Yucca, Beaked yucca Perennial Cactus/Succulent Sun Dry
Yucca torreyi Torrey's yucca, Torrey yucca Perennial Shrub Sun Dry