Recommended Texas Native Shrubs

Scientific Name
*indicates plant native to El Paso County
Common NameCommentsAvailable?
Acacia angustissima* Whiteball Acacia Fls., suckers sometimes
Acacia berlandiera Guajillo Fls., foliage usually
Acacia constricta* Whitethorn Acacia Fls., thrns,xeri usually
Acacia neovernicosa* Viscid Acacia Fls. xeric sometimes
Acacia rigidula Blackbrush Acacia Fls., thrns,xeri usually
Acacia roemeriana Roemers Acacia Fls. usually
Acourtia wrightii* Brownfoot Fls. seldom
Aloysia gratissima (A. lyciodes) Beebrush Fls. frag. btfly usually
Aloysia wrightii* Oreganillo Fls. xeric sometimes
Amorpha fruticosa* False Indigo Bush Fls. sometimes
Amorpha canescens Lead-plant Fls. sometimes
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. breviloba var. wrightii "Mountain Flame" "Mexican Flame" Fls. hmmbrd. usually
Anisacanthus thurberi Desert Honeysuckle Fls. hmmbrd. sometimes
Anisacanthus purberulus Pinkie Acanthus Fls. hmmbrd. sometimes
Arctostaphylos pungens Manzanita Ervgn., xeric sometimes
Artemisia filifolia* Sand Sage Evrg.sand, xeri usually
Atriplex canescens* Four Wing Saltbush Salt, evrg. xeri usually
Baccharis pilularis Coyote Bush Grndcover sometimes
Baccharis sarothroides male only Desert Broom Ervgn. xeric usually
Baccharis X hybrid "Starn" "Thompson" Grndcover usually
Berberis haematocarpa Red Berberis Fls. fruit sometimes
Berberis trifoliolata* Algerita/ Agarita Fls., fruit, xeri usually
Bouvardia ternifolia (B. glaberrima) Scarlet Bouvardia Fls. seldom
Buddleja marrubiifolia Wooly Butterfly Bush Ervgn. fls.,xeri usually
Calliandra eriophylla Fairy Duster Fls. xeric usually
Celtis pallida Desert Hackberry Fruit, spines usually
Cercocarpus montanus * Mountain Mahogany Fls. fruit usually
Chrysactinia mexicana* Damianita Fls. evrgn usually
Chrysothamnus (Ericameria) nauseosus Rubber Rabbitbush Evrg. Fls. usually
Chrysothamnus pulchellus* Southwest Rabbitbush Ervg. Fls. seldom
Condalia (Microrhamnus) ericoides* Javelina Bush Frut, spine,xeri seldom
Condalia mexicana Mexican Blue-wood Frut, spine,xeri sometimes
Condalia warnockii var. warnockii* var. kearneyana Warnock Condalia Fruit, spine xeric sometimes
Dalea bicolor var. argyrea Silver Dalea Fls. sometimes
Dalea bicolor var. bicolor Blue Dalea "Monterrey Blue" Fls. usually
Dalea capitata "Sierra Gold" Fls. grndcover usually
Dalea formosa* Feather Dalea Fls. xeric seldom
Dalea frutescens Black Dalea Fls. usually
Dalea greggii Trailing Dalea Fls. grndcover usually
Dalea luta Yellow Dalea "Sierra Moonrise" Fls. usually
Dalea pulchra Beautiful Dalea Fls. usually
Dalea versicoloir var. sessilis Wislizenus Dalea Fls.grndcover usually
Ephedra aspera* (E. nevadensis var.) Mormon Tea Evrg. accent usually
Ephedra trifurca* Joint fir Evrg. accent sometimes
Ericameria laricifolia* Turpentine Bush Evrg. fls. xeric usually
Eriogonum wrightii* Buckwheat Evrg.fls. xeri sometimes
Eysenhartia texana Texas Kidneywood Fls. frag. usually
Eysenhardtia polystachya (E. orthocarpa) Arizona Kidneywood Fls. frag. sometimes
Fallugia paradoxa* Apache Plume Fls. fruit, xeric usually
Fendlera rupicola* Fendler Bush Fls. sometimes
Forestiera neomexicana(F. pubescens)* New Mexico Privet Fls. bark usually
Garrya wrightii* Silktassel Fls seldom
Krascheninnikovia (Ceratoides) lanata Winterfat Evrg. fruit usually
Larrea tridentata* Creosotebush Evrg. xeric usually
Leucophyllum candidum Big Bend Silverleaf Fls. evrg. xeric usually
Leucophyllum frutescens Texas Rain Sage, Cenizo Fls. evrg xeric usually
Leucophyllum langmaniae "Lynn's Everblooming" "Rio Bravo" Fls. evrg xeric usually
Leucophyllum laevigatum Chihuahuan Rain Sage Fls. evrg xeric usually
Leucophyllum minus* Littleleaf Rain Sage Fls. evrg xeric seldom
Leucophyllum pruinosum Fragrant Rain Sage "Sierra Bouquet" Fls. frag. xeric usually
Leucophyllum revolutum Curl-leaf Rain sage "Houdini" Fls. evrg xeric usually
Leucophyllum zygophyllum Blue Ranger "Cimarron" Fls. evrg xeric usually
Lonicera albiflora White Honeysuckle Fls. fruit sometimes
Lonicera arizonica Red Honeysuckle Fls. vine seldom
Lonicera sempervirens Coral Honeysuckle Fls. vine usually
Lycium torreyi* River Wolfberry Fruit, salt, xeri sometimes
Lycium pallidum* Pallid Wolfberry Fls. fruit, xeric sometimes
Mimosa aculeaticarpa var. biuncifera* Cat Claw Mimosa Fls. thorn xeri sometimes
Mimosa dysocarpa Velvetpod Cat Claw Fls. sometimes
Parthenium incanum* Mariola Evrg. xeric sometimes
Philadelphus mearnsii* Mockorange Fls. seldom
Philadelphus microphyllus* Littleleaf Mockorange Fls. seldom
Poliomintha incana* Desert Rosemary Fls. evrg. frag. sometimes
Poliomintha maderensis Mexican Oregano Fls. evrg. frag. usually
Psorothamnus scoparius* Sand Broom Sand, xeric sometimes
Quercus turbinella* Scrub Live Oak Evrg. usually
Quercus pungens var. pungens* var. vaseyana* Sandpaper Scrub Oak Vasey Shin Oak Evrg. sometimes
Quercus havardii Havard Shin Oak Grndcover seldom
Rhus microphylla* Littleleaf Sumac Fruit, xeric usually
Rhus trilobata* (R. aromatica) Aromatic Sumac, seldom-leaf Sumac Fruit usually
Rhus virens var. virens* var. choriophylla* Evergreen Sumac Mearns Sumac Evrg. fls. Xeric usually
Ribes aureum Golden Current Fls. fruit usually
Rosa woodsii Wood's Wild Rose Fls. fruit usually
Salvia balleotafolia Mejorana, Shrubby Sage Fls. frag. sometimes
Salvia chamaedryoides Mexican Blue Sage Fls. frag. usually
Salvia chionophylla "Quicksilver" Grndcover  
Salvia greggii Autumn Sage, Cherry Sage Fls. frag. usually
Salvia lycioides* Canyon Sage Fls. frag. sometimes
Salvia microphylla var. microphylla var. neurepia var. wislizenii Graham's Sage, Delta leaf Sage, Cherry Sage, Lemmon's Sage Fls. frag. sometimes
Salvia pinquifolia* Rock Sage Fls. frag. seldom
Salvia regla Mountain Sage Fls. frag. sometimes
Scutellaria suffrutesens Skullcap Fls.  
Senna (Cassia) wislizenii Canyon Senna Fls. xeric usually
Sophora secundiflora* Mountain Laurel Fls. frag. evrg. usually
Tecoma stans* Yellow Bells Fls usually
Ungnadia speciosa* Mexican Buckeye Fls, fruit, xeric usually
Vauquelinia californica Arizona Rosewood Fls. evrg. xeric usually
Vauquelinia corymbosa var. heterodon var. angustifolia Nuevo Leon Rosewood Chisos Rosewood Fls. evrg. usually
Viguiera stenoloba* Skeletonleaf Goldeneye Fls. evrg. xeric sometimes
Ziziphus obtusifolia* Graythorn Spines, xeric usually

Ornamentals for Far West Texas Index