Native Plants

There are many benefits to growing native, well-adapted plants in our landscapes. Native plants are low maintenance and require little water. They're also easy to establish and reliable. The term ‘native’ is somewhat ambiguous but generally refers to plants that have evolved over centuries to grow and thrive in a particular environment. The following list is of the most popular and successful plants that grow in the Albuquerque area. (Availability is not guaranteed.)

Trees

Mimosa
Desert Willow
Smoketree
Arizona Ash
Edible Fig
New Mexico Olive
Golden Raintree
Crabapple
Pinon Pine
Chinese Pistache
Western Cottonwood
Chaste Tree

Shrubs

Big Sage
Fourwing Saltbush
Butterfly Bush / Summer Lilac
Blue Mist Spirea
Desert Bird of Paradise
Fernbush
Spanish / Scotch Broom
Chamisa / Rabbitbrush
Apache Plume
Lavender
Russian Sage
Three Leaf Sumac
Autumn / Cherry Sage

Perennials

Yarrow
Hummingbird Mint
Silver Sage
Meadow Sage
Chocolate Flower
Jupiter’s Beard / Valerian
Whirling Butterflies
Perennial Sunflower
Red Hot Poker
Poppy Mallow / Winecups
Ice Plants
Penstemmons
Salvias
Blue Flax
Wild Desert Four O’Clock
Catmint
Mexican Evening Primrose
Hen & Chicks
Rosemary
Hummingbird Trumpet

Ornamental Grasses

Dwarf Pampas Grass
Feather Reed Grass
Maiden Grass
Deer Grass
Mexican Feather Grass
Golden Bamboo

Desert Accents

Havard Agave
Parry’s Agave
Texas Sotol
Ocotillo
Texas Red Yucca
Beargrass
Desert Prickly Pear
Santa Rita Prickly Pear
Banana Yucca
Soaptree Yucca
Palm / Texas Tree Yucca
Soft Leaf Yucca
Soapweed