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Low Water Use Landscaping – SUCCULENTS & ACCENTS

Grass Tree (Dasylirion Longissimum)

Here are some possible choices in Succulents and Accents to beautify your Tucson Real Estate’s low water use landscape:

  • Desert Milkweed (Asclepias Subulata) is a VERY low water use moderate growing plant native to the Sonoran Desert.  It can tolerate full reflected sunlight and is hardy to 20 degrees.  Desert Milkweed grows to about three feet tall by three feet across and its white flower clusters bloom spring through fall.
  • Yellow Bulbine (Bulbine Frutescens) is a fast growing low water use plant native to South Africa.  It prefers partial shade and is hardy to 15 degrees.  Yellow Bulbine grows to about one foot tall by two feet across and its blooms are yellow or orange spikes that arrive winter to spring.
  • Grass Tree (Dasylirion Longissimum) is a low water use slow growing plant native to northeast Mexico.  This plant does well in full sun and is hardy to 15 degrees.  Grass Tree grows to about five feet tall by five feet across and its white to cream flowers bloom in summer.
  • Desert Spoon (Dasylirion Wheeleri)is a low water use moderate growing plant that is native to southern Arizona and the Chihuahuan Desert.  Desert Spoon grows to about four feet tall by four feet across, has tall stalks with cream flowers in late spring to summer, can tolerate full sun, and is hardy to zero degrees.  For shady areas try Dasylirion Acrotriche.
  • Candelilla (Euphorbia Antisyphilitica) is a VERY low water use moderate growing plant that is native to the Chihuahuan Desert.  Candelilla grows to about one foot tall by two feet across, is evergreen, has pink and white flowers in spring to summer, does well with full reflected sunlight to partial shade, is hardy to 15 degrees and does well in containers.
  • Ocotillo (Fouquieria Splendens) is a VERY low water use slow growing deciduous plant that is native to the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mohave deserts.  This plant does well in direct sunlight and is hardy to 10 degrees.  Although it loses its leaves in the winter and has small thorns, the Ocotillo always has a striking silhouette. Ocotillo grows to about 12 feet tall by ten feet across and has red to orange clusters of flowers in the spring that attract hummingbirds.  This is one of my very favorite accent plants.
  • Beargrass (Nolina Microcarpa) is a VERY low water use moderate growing evergreen plant native to the southwest United States and Mexico.  It grows to bout three feet tall by four feet across and the pale green to cream flowers bloom in late spring to early summer.  Beargrass can tolerate full sun to partial shade, is hardy to zero degrees and does well in containers.
  • Slipper Flower (Pedilanthus Macrocarpus) is a VERY low water use and moderate growth rate plant native to Baja California and Sonora.  It is evergreen, grows to about three feet tall by three feet across, can tolerate of full sun to partial shade, and is hardy to 25 degrees.  Red slipperlike flowers bloom in late spring to summer and attract hummingbirds.
  • Elephant’s Food (Portulacaria Afra) is moderate growing plant native to South Africa.  This low water use evergreen sprawling shrub does well in full sun to full shade and is hardy to 25 degrees.  Elephant’s Food grows to about three feet tall by four feet across.

These plants can be a great choice to accent your Tucson Real Estate’s low water use landscape. Add your favorite accent plants in the comments and be sure to let me know if you see anything that you would describe differently.