The Palo Verde (pal-oh ver-dee) is Arizona's official state tree. Palo Verde is Spanish for "green pole" or "green stick." These trees are superbly adapted to the desert. They are among the most drought tolerant trees available. When in bloom, the Palo Verde is also one of the most beautiful. The Palo Verde is an excellent choice, they are beautiful and don’t require a lot of water to thrive in the desert.
Lantana is one of several desert plants recommended for people who want desert plants that are perennial (you need to plant them only once), hardy, low care, relatively drought resistant, easy to find, budget friendly, and provide lovely color many times during the year. They come in a variety of colors. Locally, you will most often hear lantana pronounced: lan-tan-nuh. However you choose to pronounce them, they are beautiful choice to any landscape.
Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) are one of easiest plants to identify in the desert. They are a large shrub with long cane-like unbranched spiny stems that grow from a short trunk. Small 2 inch leaves will grow from the stems when there is enough moisture. Dense clusters of red tubular flowers bloom from the end of the stems from March through June. They are unique, beautiful and easy to maintain and don’t require much water as they are native to the desert.