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.


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Acacia angustissima
Prairie acacia, Fern acacia, Prairie wattle, Whiteball acacia

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Agave palmeri
Palmer's century plant, Palmer agave, Blue century plant

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Allium macropetalum
Largeflower onion, Large-petal onion, Desert onion, Desert onion lily

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Amoreuxia palmatifida
Mexican yellowshow

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Anemopsis californica
Yerba mansa, Yerba-mansa, Lizard tail

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Wet

Anisacanthus puberulus
Dwarf desert honeysuckle, Pinky Anisacanthus, Pinkie Anisacanth

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Aquilegia chrysantha
Golden columbine, Yellow columbine, Southwestern yellow columbine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Aquilegia coerulea
Colorado blue columbine, Rocky Mountain columbine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade
Water: Moist

Aquilegia triternata
Chiricahua Mountain columbine

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Arbutus arizonica
Arizona madrone

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Arbutus xalapensis
Texas madrone, Madrone, Naked indian, Manzanita, Lady's leg

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Asclepias linaria
Pine-needle milkweed, Needle-leaf milkweed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb, Subshrub
Light:
Water:

Astrolepis integerrima
Hybrid cloakfern

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb, Fern
Light:
Water:

Astrolepis sinuata
Wavy scaly cloakfern

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb, Fern
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Bursera microphylla
Elephant tree, Elephant-tree

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Capsicum annuum
Chile pequin, Chile petin, Bird pepper, Turkey pepper , Cayenne pepper

Duration: Annual, Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Clematis drummondii
Old-man's-beard, Drummond's Clematis, Texas Virgin's Bower, Goat's-Beard

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Crossosoma bigelovii
Crossosoma, Ragged rockflower

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Diospyros texana
Texas persimmon, Mexican persimmon, Black persimmon, Chapote, Chapote prieto

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Erysimum capitatum
Prairie rocket, Sand-dune wallflower, Sanddune wallflower, Western wallflower

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Fouquieria splendens
Ocotillo, Devil's walking stick, Candlewood

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Fraxinus gooddingii
Goodding Ash, Goodding's ash

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light:
Water:

Heuchera sanguinea
Coralbells, New Mexican coralbells, Arizona coralbells

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Shade
Water:

Hilaria belangeri
Curly mesquite grass, Curly mesquite

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Iris missouriensis
Rocky Mountain iris, Western blue flag

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Wet

Menodora longiflora
Showy menodora, Twinpod

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Menodora scabra
Rough menodora

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water:

Merremia dissecta
Alamo Vine, Noyau vine, Correhuela de las Doce

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Vine
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Mirabilis longiflora
Sweet four o'clock, Long-flowered four o'clock

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Mirabilis multiflora
Colorado four o'clock

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Oenothera caespitosa
Tufted evening primrose, Gumbo evening primrose, Gumbo lily, Fragrant evening primrose

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Parthenium incanum
Mariola

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Peniocereus greggii
Nightblooming cereus, Night-blooming Cereus

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub, Cactus/Succulent
Light:
Water:

Penstemon ambiguus
Pink plains penstemon, Pink plains beardtongue, Gilia penstemon, Gilia beardtongue, Sand penstemon, Sand beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Penstemon angustifolius
Broadbeard penstemon, Broadbeard beardtongue, Whorled penstemon, Whorled beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Penstemon baccharifolius
Rock penstemon, Rock beardtongue, Cut-leaf penstemon, Cut-leaf beardtongue, Baccharis-leaf penstemon, Baccharis-leaf beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Penstemon barbatus
Scarlet bugler, Beard-lip penstemon, Beard-lip beardtongue, Red penstemon, Red beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Penstemon centranthifolius
Scarlet bugler

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Penstemon clevelandii
Cleveland's penstemon, Cleveland's beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Penstemon cobaea
Prairie penstemon, Prairie beardtongue, Foxglove penstemon, Foxglove beardtongue, False foxglove, Large-flowered penstemon, Large-flowered beardtongue, Cobaea penstemon, Cobaea beardtongue, Wild foxglove

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Penstemon confertus
Yellow penstemon, Yellow beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Penstemon crandallii
Crandall's penstemon, Crandall's beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light:
Water:

Penstemon cyananthus
Wasatch penstemon, Wasatch beardtongue, Platte River penstemon, Platte River beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Penstemon dasyphyllus
Cochise penstemon, Cochise beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Penstemon fendleri
Fendler's penstemon, Fendler's beardtongue, Fendler penstemon, Fendler beardtongue, Purple foxglove

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Penstemon grandiflorus
Large penstemon, Large beardtongue, Large-flower penstemon, Large-flower beardtongue, Large-flowered penstemon, Large-flowered beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Penstemon grinnellii
Grinnell's penstemon, Grinnell's beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light:
Water:

Penstemon heterophyllus
Bunchleaf penstemon, Bunchleaf beardtongue, Foothill penstemon, Foothill beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Penstemon jamesii
James's penstemon, James's beardtongue, James penstemon, James beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Penstemon labrosus
San Gabriel penstemon, San Gabriel beardtongue, Southern scarlet penstemon, Southern scarlet beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water:

Penstemon leiophyllus
Smoothleaf penstemon, Smoothleaf beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light:
Water:

Penstemon pachyphyllus
Thickleaf penstemon, Thickleaf beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Penstemon parryi
Parry's penstemon, Parry's beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Penstemon pinifolius
Pine-needle penstemon, Pine-needle beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Penstemon procerus
Littleflower penstemon, Littleflower beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Moist

Penstemon pseudospectabilis
Desert penstemon, Desert beardtongue, Rosy desert penstemon, Rosy desert beardtongue, Canyon penstemon, Canyon beardtongue, Mohave penstemon, Mohave beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Penstemon rydbergii
Rydberg's penstemon, Rydberg's beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Penstemon secundiflorus
Sidebells penstemon, Sidebells beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Penstemon smallii
Small's penstemon, Small's beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

Penstemon strictus
Rocky Mountain penstemon, Rocky Mountain beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water:

Penstemon subulatus
Hackberry penstemon, Hackberry beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Penstemon superbus
Superb penstemon, Superb beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Penstemon thompsoniae
Thompson's penstemon, Thompson's beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light:
Water:

Penstemon thurberi
Thurber's penstemon, Thurber's beardtongue, Sand penstemon, Sand beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Penstemon triflorus
Hill Country penstemon, Hill Country beardtongue, Scarlet penstemon, Scarlet beardtongue, Heller's penstemon, Heller's beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Penstemon venustus
Venus penstemon, Venus beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water:

Penstemon virgatus
Upright blue penstemon, Upright blue beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Penstemon whippleanus
Whipple's penstemon, Whipple's beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Part-shade
Water:

Penstemon wrightii
Wright's penstemon, Wright's beardtongue, Wright penstemon, Wright beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Robinia neomexicana
New Mexico locust, Mescal bean

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Ruellia nudiflora
Violet ruellia, Common wild petunia, Violet wild petunia, Wild petunia

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Shade, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Sabal mexicana
Mexican palm, Palma Di Micharos, Rio Grande palmetto, Texas palm, Texas palmetto

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Sabal palmetto
Cabbage palmetto, Cabbage palm

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light: Part-shade
Water:

Salazaria mexicana
Bladder Sage, Mexican bladdersage

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light:
Water:

Salvia arizonica
Arizona sage, Desert indigo sage

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Salvia henryi
Crimson sage

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Simmondsia chinensis
Jojoba, Goatnut, Quinine plant

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Stanleya pinnata
Desert princes' plume, Golden princes' plume, Golden desert plume, Sentinel of the plains

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Stenocereus thurberi
Organpipe cactus, Organ-pipe cactus

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Light: Sun
Water: Dry