Southwest Influence
Golden Barrel Cactus
Red Yucca
Prickly Pear
Windmill Palm, Hemp Palm
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.

Windmill Palm, Hemp Palm

Common name:Windmill Palm, Hemp Palm
Botanical name:Trachycarpus fortunei

This easy-to-grow palm of medium height will mature to a size of 30', and its slender trunk is covered with dense, heavy fiber topped with a crown of rich green, fan-shaped leaves.

Permeable Surfaces

If you have impermeable paving that you would like to make permeable, there are two main methods for doing so:
1. Break up hard paved surfaces to create spaces for water to seep through.
2. Remove and replace the surfaces with permeable paving.

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Southwest Influence

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Maintain a two to four inch layer of mulch on the soil surface to reduce weeds, infiltrate rain water, and reduce compaction.

Integrated Pest Management:

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