Calm Desert Scene
Golden Barrel Cactus
Red Yucca
Prickly Pear
Golden Barrel Cactus

Common name:Golden Barrel Cactus
Botanical name:Echinocactus grusonii

Globe shaped trunk, vertical ribs lined with thick rows of golden spines, Slow to 3', Containers, Full sun but prefers some shade in low desert, well drained soil, rots with poor drainage,,

Red Yucca

Common name:Red Yucca
Botanical name:Hesperaloe parviflora

Spectacular accent for desert gardens. Tolerates drought, full sun, reflected heat, poor soils & cold to at least 0f. Rosettes of leaves to about 3-4' tall x 6' wide. Red flower stalks emerge spring & remain on plant till end of summer. Evergreen. Will spread to form crowded grasslike clump. Flowers pink to nearly red. Tx & Mx. Drought resistant but will appear better & bloom longer with added moisture. Very frost tolerant. Leaves grey green. Soil tolerant.

Prickly Pear

Common name:Prickly Pear
Botanical name:Opuntia macrocentra violacea

This plant grows 4' tall x 4' wide and has grayish/green leaf pads that tint purple when it gets really cold out. It produces yellow flowers with red centers that bloom in late spring.

Dealing With Drought

More than half of the water used at your home is for outside purposes. Studies show that on average, half of the water used outdoors is wasted. The leading cause of waste is incorrectly set and poorly managed irrigation controllers. The second biggest cause of wastage is broken irrigation equipment that goes undetected. There are a few basic things you can do to make a big difference in your water use.

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Calm Desert Scene

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.

Integrated Pest Management:

Remove irrigation water and fertilizer from areas where you don't want weeds to grow.