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BAJA RUELLIA Ruellia peninsularisional butterflies.

A perfect addition to any classic desert landscape design. The purple flowers are similar to a petunia, which attract hummingbirds and occasional butterflies.

This shrub will survive with little irrigation; however it will flower throughout the warm months with more moisture. They will endure some frost damage in the colder months but with some pruning after the last freeze it recovers quickly!

There is also a dwarf variety Dwarf Ruellia – Ruellia brittoniana ‘Baby Katie’ which woul

d be great as a ground cover accent if you are looking for more of a small mounding plant. 

MEXICAN BIRD OF PARADISE Erythrostemon mexicanus

This large shrub/tree is native to Northern Mexico.   It has showy yellow flowers that attract birds and butterflies throughout Spring 

all the way into Fall! More flowering can be encouraged by pruning off seed pods and spent flowers and by giving the plant a good soak every week or two throughout the blooming season. In milder winters, the leaves will stay green and on the branches leaving you with color year round!

BAJA FAIRY DUSTER Calliandra californica

.Plant one of these low-maintenance beauties. Its red feather-like flowers will have hummingbirds and butterflies visiting your yard from early spring to fall for sure! This plant is extremely drought and heat tolerant which makes a perfect option for any desert landscape! For optimal growth and blooms, place in a well-drained area that gets at least 6 hours of sun and irrigation once per month. 

Look for other varieties such as the PINK FAIRY DUSTER -Calliandra eriophylla.

SLIPPER FLOWER Euphorbia lomelii

 This unique looking succulent with its long green tactical like structure is eye catching!  It produces  small red flowers from late spring through the summer, attracting hummingbirds as they open. It does very well in containers and would make a great addition to a patio planter or pool side accent.

CHASTE TREE Vitex agnus-castus

One of my favorites! Whether you keep it as a large shrub or prune and train it into a tree, its beautiful greyish green leaves and fragrant purple cone shaped flowers from late spring all the way to fall! The butterflies really like this one and so do the hummingbirds! This plant works with low water landscapes and with regular scheduled water will grow fast! It does freeze back in the colder months but bounces right back as soon as it starts to warm up!

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