Recommended Texas Native Perennials

Scientific Name
*indicates plant native to El Paso County
Common NameCommentsAvailable?
Amsonia palmeri* Slimpod Freeze sometimes
Antigonon leptopus Coral Vine Vine, freeze usually
Aquilegia chrysantha Golden columbine Moist. usually
Artemisia ludoviciana* White-sage Groundcover usually
Berlandiera lyrata* Chocolate Daisy Fragrance usually
Callirhoe involucrata Wine Cups Grass usually
Calylophus hartwegii var. fendleri var. lavandulifolius Sun Drops Btfly. Night usually
Campis radicans Trumpet vine Vine usually
Castilleja integra* Paintbrush Difficult germinate seldom
Clematis drummondi* Desert Clematis Vine, suckers sometimes
Clematis ligusticifolia Western Virgins Bower Vine suckers
Conoclinium (Eupatorium) greggii Mist Flower, "Boot Hill" Grndcover, btfly usually
Dyssodia acerosa* Shrubby Dogweed Evrgeen, xeric usually
Gaillardia pinnatifida* Blanket Flower Seed seldom
Gaillardia aristata Firewheel Hybrid usually
Gaura lindheimeri White Gaura Moist.btfly usually
Gutierrezia sarothrae* Broomweed Xeric. Evrgeen usually
Helianthus maximilianii Maximilian Sunflower Moist. usually
Heterotheca (Chrysopsis) villosa* Golden Aster Xeric sometimes
Hibiscus denudatus* Desert Rosemallow Xeric seldom
Jefea (Zexmenia) brevifolia Shorthorn Zexmenia Xeric sometimes
Justicia candicans Red Justicia Freeze, hmmbrd usually
Liatris punctata Gayfeather Grass, btfly sometimes
Lobelia laxiflora Loose-flowered Lobelia Moist. Freeze usually
Melampodium leucanthum* Blackfoot Daisy Xeric usually
Menodora longiflora* Showey Menodora Xeric usually
Menodora scabra Twinpod Xeric seldom
Merremia aurea Yellow Morning-glory Vine Vine, freezes usually
Merremia dissecta Alamo Vine Vine freezes  
Mimulus cardinalis Cardinal Monkeyflower Moist, freeze usually
Mirabilis multiflora* Desert Four O'clock Btfly, night, freeze usually
Mirabilis longiflora Sweet Four O'clock Moist. Night, frze seldom
Monarda fistulosa var. menthifolia Bee Balm Butterfly, frag. sometimes
Oenothera caespitosa White Evening Primrose Butterfly, night usually
Oenothera organensis Organ Mts. Evening Primrose Butterfly, threat. sometimes
Oenothera speciosa var. berlandieria* Showy Evening Primrose Grndcover, invade usually
Oenothera stubbei Baja Evening Primrose Grndcover, btfly usually
Parthenocissus inserta Thicket creeper Vine, fall color  
Pavonia lasiopetala Rose Pavonia Butterfly, freeze usually
Penstemon ambiguus* Sand Penstemon Sand usually
Penstemon baccharifolius Rock Penstemon Hmmbrd usually
Penstemon barbatus Scarlet Bugler Hmmbrd usually
Penstemon cardinalis Cardinal Penstemon Hmmbrd usually
Penstemon fendleri* Fendler's Seed seldom
Penstemon harvardii* (P. alamosensis) Harvard Penstemon Evrbloom. hmmbrd sometimes
Penstemon parryi Arizona Penstemon Butterfly, hmmbrd. usually
Penstemon pseudospectabilis Desert Penstemon Hmmbrd usually
Penstemon superbus Superb Penstemon Butterfly, hmmbrd. usually
Penstemon wrightii Wright's Penstemon Hmmbrd usually
Phyla nodiflora* Frogfruit Grndcover, moist sometimes
Plumbago scandens "Summer Snow" Shade, freeze usually
Salvia azurea var. grandiflora Pitcher's Blue Sage Grass sometimes
Salvia henryi* Henry's Sage Xeric seldom
Salvia leucantha Mexican Bush Sage Freeze usually
Salvia roemeriana Cedar Sage Shade sometimes
Salvia summa* Summa Sage Grndcover, threat. sometimes
Senecio flaccida* (S. douglasii v. longilobus) Threadleaf Groundsel Xeric sometimes
Senecio riddellii* Sand Groundsel Sand seldom
Senna (Cassia) lindheimeriana* Lindheimer Senna Freezes usually
Sphaeralcea ambigua Arizona Globemallow Xeric usually
Sphaeralcea coccinea* Scarlet Globemallow Grndcover sometimes
Sphaeralcea fendleri* Fendler's Globemallow Btfly. sometimes
Sphaeralcea incana* Soft-leaf Globmallow Btfly. sometimes
Stachys coccinea* Hedgenettle Moist sometimes
Stanleya pinnata Prince's Plume Clay, salt sometimes
Tagetes lemmonii Mountain Marigold Fragrant fol. usually
Tagetes lucida Mexican Tarragon Frag. Folige usually
Tetraneuris (Hymenoxys) acaulis, "Angelita Daisy" Everblooming usually
Vitis arizonica* Arizona grape Vine, fruit  
Wedelia (Zexmenia) acupulcensis var. hispida Orange Zexmenia Freezes usually
Zauschneria californica var. latifolia Hummingbird Trumpets Hmmbrd usually
Zinnia acerosa* Desert Zinnia Xeric usually
Zinnia grandiflora* Prairie Zinnia Grndcover, btfly usually

Ornamentals for Far West Texas Index