WILDFLOWERS, TREES, SHRUBS & SUCCULENTS
Asclepias speciosa or “showy milkweed” is a perennial plant that can grow up to 3ft tall and produces clusters of charismatic pink and white flowers between June-August. The native habitat for this milkweed species is in woodland and riparian areas between 5000-8000ft. The showy milkweed attracts many types of pollinators and is a larval host species for queen and monarch butterflies. Plant in full sun to partial shade.
Cirsium neomexicanum or “New Mexico thistle” can grow up to 4ft tall and is found in semidesert grassland, desert scrub, and woodland habitats between 1000-6500ft. This fantastic pollinator generalist plant supports moths, native bees, butterflies and hummingbirds with its light purple flowers that bloom from March-September. This thistle prefers full sun exposure and well draining, disturbed soils.
Cirsium undulatum or “wavy-leaved thistle” grows up to 4ft tall and is found in semidesert grasslands and woodlands between 4500-9500ft. This thistle supports multiple pollinators including moths, native bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. It’s pink flowers bloom between May-October. This thistle prefers full sun exposure and well draining, disturbed soils.
Cirsium arizonicum or “Arizona thistle” grows up to 4ft tall and can be found in woodland and riparian habitats between 3000-7500ft. Like most thistles, the Arizona Thistle is a fantastic pollinator generalist plant that will attract and support moths, native bees, butterflies and hummingbirds alike from May-October with its bright red flowers. This thistle is hardy and has a low water requirement, and grow well from seed. Plant in full sun to partial shade.
Cirsium wheeleri or “Wheeler’s thistle” grows up to 4ft tall in pine-oak and juniper woodlands and wet meadows between 5000-9000ft. The deep purple flowers bloom June-October and support moths, native bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Plant in partial shade to full sun.
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