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Achillea millefolium
Common yarrow, Western yarrow, Yarrow, Milfoil

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

Achnatherum hymenoides
Indian ricegrass, Indian Millet, Sandgrass

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

Agave parryi
Parry's agave, Century plant, Parry agave

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

Amelanchier alnifolia
Saskatoon serviceberry, Western serviceberry, Juneberry

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

Amelanchier utahensis
Utah serviceberry

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

Aquilegia coerulea
Colorado blue columbine, Rocky Mountain columbine

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

Argentina anserina
Silverweed cinquefoil, Common silverweed, Silverweed, Goosefoot

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

Artemisia frigida
Prairie sagewort, Prairie sagebrush, Fringed sage, Pasture sage

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

Artemisia tridentata
Big sagebrush, Great Basin sagebrush

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

Asclepias tuberosa
Butterflyweed, Butterfly milkweed, Orange milkweed, Pleurisy root, Chigger flower

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

Atriplex canescens
Chamiso, Four-wing saltbush, Wing-scale

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

Baileya multiradiata
Desert Marigold, Showy Desert Marigold, Paper Daisy, Desert Baileya

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

Berlandiera lyrata
Chocolate daisy, Chocolate flower, Lyreleaf greeneyes, Green-eyed lyre leaf

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

Bouteloua curtipendula
Sideoats grama, Banderilla, Banderita, Navajita

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist, Dry

Bouteloua dactyloides
Buffalograss, Buffalo grass

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

Bouteloua gracilis
Blue grama

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

Castilleja integra
Wholeleaf Indian Paintbrush, Squawfeather

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Castilleja miniata
Giant red Indian paintbrush, Meadow paintbrush

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

Cercocarpus montanus
Alderleaf mountain mahogany, Silverleaf mountain mahogany, Mountain mahogany

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

Chamaebatiaria millefolium
Desert sweet, Fernbush, Tansy bush

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

Chilopsis linearis
Desert willow, Flowering willow, Willow-leaved catalpa, Willowleaf catalpa, Bow willow, Flor de mimbre, Mimbre

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

Clematis ligusticifolia
Western white clematis, Virgin's bower, Pepper vine, Hierba de chivo

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

Cylindropuntia imbricata var. imbricata
Cane cactus, Cholla, Teddy-bear cholla, Tree cholla, Walkingstick cholla

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

Dasiphora fruticosa ssp. floribunda
Shrubby cinquefoil, Golden hardhack, Potentilla

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

Dasylirion wheeleri
Common sotol, Sotol, Desert Spoon, Desert candle

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

Ephedra nevadensis
Nevada jointfir, Nevada joint-fir

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water:

Ericameria nauseosa ssp. nauseosa var. nauseosa
Rabbitbrush, Rubber rabbitbrush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water:

Erigeron divergens
Spreading fleabane, Branching fleabane, Fleabane daisy

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Fallugia paradoxa
Apache plume, Ponil

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

Fendlera rupicola
Cliff fendlerbush, False mock-orange

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

Forestiera pubescens
Elbow bush, Stretchberry, Spring herald

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

Fouquieria splendens
Ocotillo, Devil's walking stick, Candlewood

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

Fraxinus greggii
Gregg's ash, Gregg ash, Littleleaf ash, Dogleg ash, Escobilla, Barreta china

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

Fraxinus velutina
Arizona ash, Velvet ash, Desert ash, Leatherleaf ash, Smooth ash, Modesto ash, Toumey ash, Standley ash

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

Gaillardia aristata
Common gaillardia, Great blanketflower, Blanketflower, Brown-eyed susan

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

Gaillardia pulchella
Indian Blanket, Firewheel, Girasol rojo

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

Garrya wrightii
Wright's silktassel

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

Glandularia bipinnatifida var. bipinnatifida
Prairie verbena, Purple prairie verbena, Dakota mock vervain, Dakota vervain

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

Gutierrezia sarothrae
Broom snakeweed, Kindlingweed, Matchbrush, Texas snakeweed, Broomweed, Turpentine weed, Matchweed

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

Hesperaloe parviflora
Red yucca, Coral yucca, Red-flowered false yucca, Redflower false yucca, Yellow yucca, Hummingbird yucca, Samandoque

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

Ipomoea leptophylla
Bush morning-glory

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

Ipomopsis aggregata
Scarlet Gilia, Scarlet Standing-cypress, Skyrocket, Skunkflower

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

Ipomopsis longiflora
Flaxflowered ipomopsis, Pale Trumpets, Paleflower gilia, White-flower skyrocket, White-flowered gilia

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

Iris missouriensis
Rocky Mountain Iris, Western Blue Flag

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

Juglans major
Arizona walnut, Arizona black walnut, River walnut, Mountain walnut, Nogal silvestre

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

Juniperus scopulorum
Rocky Mountain juniper, Rocky Mountain red cedar, Mountain red cedar, Colorado red cedar, Western red cedar, River juniper, Western juniper, Cedro rojo

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

Krascheninnikovia lanata
Winterfat

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water:

Larrea tridentata
Creosote bush, Greasewood, Hediondilla, Governadora, Guamis

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

Leucophyllum frutescens
Cenizo, Purple sage, Texas ranger, Texas barometer bush, Texas silverleaf, Texas sage, Silverleaf

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

Liatris punctata
Dotted Blazing Star, Dotted Gayfeather, Dotted Liatris

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

Linum lewisii
Wild blue flax, Prairie flax, Lewis flax, Lewis's flax

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

Machaeranthera bigelovii
Bigelow's tansyaster, Sticky Aster

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Machaeranthera tanacetifolia
Tahoka Daisy, Tansy-aster, Tansey-leaf Tansy-aster

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

Mahonia repens
Creeping Barberry, Creeping Oregon-grape

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

Melampodium leucanthum
Blackfoot Daisy, Rock daisy, Plains blackfoot, Arnica

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

Mirabilis multiflora
Colorado four o'clock

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

Monarda citriodora
Lemon beebalm, Purple horsemint, Lemon mint, Plains horsemint, Lemon horsemint, Horsemint, Purple lemon mint

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

Nolina erumpens
Foothill beargrass, Mesa sacahuista

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

Nolina microcarpa
Sacahuista, Sacahuista beargrass

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

Oenothera elata ssp. hookeri
Hooker's evening-primrose, Giant evening-primrose

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

Oenothera macrocarpa ssp. macrocarpa
Bigfruit evening-primrose, Fluttermill, Missouri evening primrose

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

Oenothera pallida
Pale evening-primrose

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Oenothera speciosa
Pink evening primrose, Showy evening primrose, Mexican evening primrose, Showy primrose, Pink ladies, Buttercups, Pink buttercups

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

Parthenium incanum
Mariola

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

Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Virginia creeper

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

Pascopyrum smithii
Western wheatgrass

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Moist

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 barbatus
Scarlet bugler, Beard-lip penstemon, Beard-lip beardtongue, Red penstemon, Red beardtongue, Goldenbeard penstemon, Goldenbeard beardtongue, Saint Joseph's staff, Varita de San Jose

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
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 jamesii
James's penstemon, James's beardtongue, James penstemon, James beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

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 strictus
Rocky Mountain penstemon, Rocky Mountain beardtongue

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

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

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Phlox nana
Santa Fe phlox, White-eyed phlox, Canyon phlox

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Pinus edulis
Colorado pinyon pine, Colorado pinyon, Pinyon pine, Pinyon, Two-needle pine, Two-needle pinyon, Two-leaf pinyon, Nut pine, Pino dulce

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

Pinus ponderosa
Ponderosa pine, Western yellow pine, Pino blanco

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

Platanus wrightii
Arizona sycamore, Alamo

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

Populus fremontii
Fremont cottonwood, Western cottonwood, Gila cottonwood, Alamo

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

Populus tremuloides
Quaking aspen, Golden aspen, Trembling aspen, Mountain aspen, Aspen, Trembling poplar, Alamo blanco

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

Prosopis glandulosa
Honey mesquite, Glandular mesquite, Algarroba

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

Pseudotsuga menziesii
Douglas fir, Blue Douglas fir

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

Psilostrophe cooperi
White-stem paper-flower, Whitestem paperflower, Yellow paper daisy

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

Psorothamnus scoparius
Broom dalea, Broom pea, Broom smokebush

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water:

Purshia mexicana
Mexican cliffrose, Chinacates, Chivatillo, Romerillo cimarrón, Romero, Romero cedro

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Light:
Water:

Quercus gambelii
Gambel oak, Rocky Mountain white oak, Utah white oak

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

Quercus turbinella
Shrub live oak, Sonoran scrub oak, Scrub oak, Turbinella oak, Turbinella, Encino

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

Ratibida columnifera
Mexican hat, Red-spike Mexican hat, Upright prairie coneflower, Prairie coneflower, Long-headed coneflower, Thimbleflower

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

Rhus microphylla
Littleleaf sumac, Desert sumac, Correosa, Agritos

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

Rhus trilobata
Fragrant sumac, Aromatic sumac, Scented sumac, Ill-scented sumac, Skunkbush sumac, Skunkbush, Basketbush, Squawbush

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

Ribes aureum
Golden currant

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

Robinia neomexicana
New Mexico locust, Southwestern locust, Hojalito

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

Rudbeckia hirta
Black-eyed Susan, Common black-eyed Susan, Brown-eyed Susan

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist, Dry

Salvia greggii
Autumn sage, Cherry sage, Gregg salvia

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

Sapindus saponaria var. drummondii
Western soapberry, Soapberry, Wild china tree, Wild chinaberry, Indian soap plant, Jaboncillo

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

Schizachyrium scoparium
Little bluestem, Popotillo azul

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

Sphaeralcea coccinea
Scarlet globemallow, Caliche globemallow

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

Sporobolus airoides
Alkali sacaton, Zacate alcalino

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Light: Part-shade
Water: Moist

Sporobolus cryptandrus
Sand dropseed

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

Tecoma stans
Yellow Bells, Yellowbells, Esperanza, Yellow Trumpetbush, Yellow Trumpetflower, Trumpetbush, Trumpetflower, Yellow Elder

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

Ungnadia speciosa
Mexican buckeye, Monilla

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

Yucca elata
Soaptree yucca, Soaptree, Soapweed yucca, Palmilla, Palmella, Amole

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

Yucca glauca
Soapweed yucca, Narrowleaf yucca, Plains yucca, Beargrass

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

Yucca torreyi
Torrey yucca, Torrey's yucca, Spanish bayonet, Spanish dagger, Old shag, Palma

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

Zinnia grandiflora
Plains Zinnia, Rocky Mountain Zinnia, Prairie Zinnia, Little Golden Zinnia, Yellow Zinnia

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