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Plant ID - Plant catalogue of plants common to SaddleBrooke/SaddleBrooke Ranch Master Gardeners*
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Water-Wise Gardening - Ways to optimize use of water in the landscape
Benefits of Xeriscaping- Learn to use drought tolerant plants to conserve water
Irrigation in the Desert - Judicious use of irrigation can give you the garden you want and still save water

Prohibited Plants - What plants should NOT be planted in your yard?
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Other Succulents

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One very confusing genus of succulents is Hesperaloe, primarily due to confusion caused by both it's botanical name and at least one common name, "Red Yucca. "  Hesperaloe is neither an aloe or a yucca. It is a member of the Agavoideae family. It is attractive, very cold and heat hardy and is favored by hummingbirds.

Hesperaloe parviflora
"Red Yucca"

Hesperaloe parviflora 'Yellow'
Yellow-flowering Hesperaloe

Hesperaloe funifera
Giant Hesperaloe

Hesperaloe nocturna
Night-blooming Hesperaloe




Euphorbia is a very large and diverse genus of flowering plants, commonly called spurge. Euphorbias range from tiny annual plants to large and long-lived trees. Not to be confused with cacti, Euphorbias may look like cacti because of their "spines". Euphorbias share the feature of having a poisonous, milky, white, latex-like sap (which cacti do not contain) and unusual and unique floral structures.

Euphorbia antisyphilitica

Euphorbia resinifera
Moroccan Mound

Euphorbia rigida
Gohper Plant

Euphorbia tirucalli
Fire Stick or Pencil Tree

Pedilanthus cymbifera
Mini  Slipper Plant

Pedilanthus macrocarpus
Slipper Plant


Various Other Succulents

Drosanthemum rosea
Dew Plant

Graptopetalum paraguayense
Ghost Plant




* The term SaddleBrooke  is meant to be inclusive of HOA 1, HOA 2 (including the Preserve) and SaddleBrooke Ranch.

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