We are creating a photo catalogue of the
plants you will most commonly find in SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke
Ranch. We hope this helps you identify the plants
in your and your neighbors' yards. This section is far from
finished; If you need more help, ask for a
We have broken the plants into the groups
below; please click on the appropriate link. If you don't
find the plant there, please try another category since some plants
may be considered, for example, a large ground cover or a small
shrub or a large shrub or small tree. The categories are far from
- any of numerous succulent plants of the family Cactaceae,
of warm, arid regions of the New World, having fleshy, leafless,
usually spiny stems, and typically having solitary, showy flowers.
All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. All
succulents have the capability to store water for long periods of
- Any of numerous plants of the genus Agave, native to hot,
dry regions of the Americas and having basal rosettes of tough,
usually spiny-margined leaves. Often called "Century Plant", a
misnomer. After flowering, almost all agaves will die however it
doesn't take a century: more commonly 15-30 years or more.
- Any of various evergreen plants of the genera Yucca of the southern United States, Mexico, and Central
America, having stiff sword-shaped leaves, clusters of white
flowers, and sometimes a thick treelike stem.
- A genus of over 500 Old World flowering succulents, native to
Africa, Madagascar, Jordan, the Arabian Peninsula, and various
islands in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius, Réunion, Comoros, etc.). A
few species have also become naturalized in other regions
(Mediterranean, India, Australia, North and South America, etc.).
Although Aloes are not native to the Sonoran Desert, a few species
thrive here as hardy garden plants and are highly valued as
winter-bloomers. Many more are enjoyed as tender indoor/outdoor
Other Succulents - A few of the other succulents you
might find in SaddleBrooke, including euphorbias and hesperaloes.
- A woody perennial plant, typically having a single stem or
trunk growing to a considerable height and bearing lateral branches
at some distance from the ground. We include only those trees that are
native to the Sonoran desert or are "desert-adapted" and grow well
in this area.
Unbranched evergreen trees with a crown of long feathered
or fan-shaped leaves, and typically having old leaf scars forming a
regular pattern on the trunk. Palms grow in warm regions, especially
the tropics. Note that palm trees are not desert plants, but "oasis"
plants and need supplemental water.
Shrubs - A woody plant of relatively low height, having
several stems arising from the base and lacking a single trunk; a
bush. Many shrubs are favorite sources of color in the garden.
Ground Covers - Groundcover or ground cover is any plant
that grows over an area of ground. Groundcover provides protection
of the topsoil from erosion and drought. In an ecosystem, the ground
cover forms the layer of vegetation below the shrub layer known as
the herbaceous layer. Also often a source of color.