Hedge Plants

All of these will accept heavy soil. Once established, watering should be kept to a minimum. Most, except Black Diamond, will accept sun and part shade. They will grow differently in the sun and shade so you may have trouble getting a continuous hedge.

1. Mahonia aquifolium ‘Compacta’

More slow growing, but also more permanent. Do not shear, rather cut individual long canes to the ground (like Heavenly Bamboo).

2. Baccharis pilularis ‘Centenniel’

Will require shearing.

B. pilularis ‘Twin Peaks 2’

A spreading ground cover to 3’ tall. Can and should be cut to the ground occasionally.

3. Rhus integrifolia

Likes sun, but will take some shade. Wants to get large. At Santa Barbara Botanic Garden they cut it back to stubs every few years to keep a low, dense hedge.

4. Rhamnus crocea, R. ilicifolia, R. californica ‘Mount San Bruno’

Can be hedged and kept low.

5. Adenostoma fasciculatum ‘Black Diamond’

Delicate when planted and takes time to acclimate. Once they do they are durable, long-lasting plants. Can be cut to the ground if they look bad (after they are well established). Grows here to max 4-5 ft. after many years. Will not take any shade.

6. Lavatera assurgentiflora ‘Purisima’

Extremely fast growing and short-lived (6 yrs +-). Will require frequent pruning to keep low. It spreads wider than it is tall (8 ft or so). Cannot be sheared. Accepts shade.

7. Myrica californica

Forms nice hedge, usually much taller than 3 ft. but can be sheared. Can be a challenging to grow, but it does form a nice hedge that takes shearing.

8. Prunus ilicifolia and P. lyonii

Form nice hedges, shiny leaves.

Desert Plants



Plant Name



Common Name



Chilopsis linearis

Fraxinus velutina

Pinus monophylla

Pinus quadrifolia

Prosopis pubescens

Washingtonia filifera



Agave deserti

Agave utahensis

Agave utahensis var. nevadensis

Carnegiea gigantea

Echinocereus engelmannii var. munzii

Ferocactus cylindraceus

Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris

Opuntia erinacea var. erinacea ‘Mike Hammitt’

Opuntia littoralis

Opuntia parryi

Opuntia ramosissima

Yucca baccata

Yucca brevifolia

Yucca schidigera



Acamptopappus shockleyi

Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus

Artemisia tridentata

Artemisia tridentata ssp. parishii

Artemisia tridentata ssp. vaseyana

Atriplex canescens

Atriplex lentiformis ssp. breweri

Baccharis sarothroides

Berberis fremontii

Calliandra eriophylla

Ceanothus greggii var. vestitus

Cercidium floridum

Chrysothamnus nauseosus

Coleogyne ramosissima

Encelia actonii

Encelia farinosa

Ephedra aspera

Ephedra californica

Ephedra nevadensis

Ephedra viridis

Ericameria cuneata

Ericameria linearifolia

Eriodictyon trichocalyx

Fallugia paradoxa

Fouquieria splendens

Hyptis emoryi

Juniperus californica

Justicia californica

Justicia californica 'Dick Tilforth'

Justicia californica 'Tecate Gold'

Lupinus excubitus

Lycium andersonii

Lycium brevipes

Lycium fremontii

Psilostrophe cooperi

Purshia mexicana

Purshia tridentata

Rhus trilobata

Salvia dorrii

Salvia mohavensis

Sphaeralcea ambigua



Achnatherum hymenoides

Achnatherum speciosum

Argemone munita

Asclepias asperula ssp. asperula

Asclepias erosa

Baileya multiradiata

Eriastrum densifolium ssp. elongatum

Eriastrum densifolium ssp. mohavense

Linum lewisii

Mirabilis bigelovii

Mirabilis multiflora

Oenothera caespitosa

Oenothera californica

Oenothera deltoides

Penstemon palmeri

Penstemon pseudospectabilis

Penstemon utahensis

Salvia funerea

Sporobolus airoides

Stanleya pinnata

Xylorhiza tortifolia



desert willow

velvet ash

singleleaf pinyon pine

Parry pinyon pine

screw bean

California fan palm



desert century plant

Utah agave

Clark Mountain agave


Munz’s hedgehog cactus

California barrel cactus


Mike Hammitt Mojave prickly-pear


snake cholla

pencil cactus

banana yucca

jmlhua tree

Mojave yucca



Shockley's goldenhead

rayless goldenhead

Great Basin sagebrush

Great Basin sage

brushmountain sagebrush

fourwing saltbush

Brewer saltbush

broom baccharis

Fremont barberry

pink fairy duster

Mojave ceanothus

blue palo verde



Acton encelia


boundary ephedra

desert tea

Nevada ephedra

green ephedera

golden bush

interior goldenbush

thickleaf yerba santa

Apache plume


desert lavender

California juniper


Dick Tilforth chuparosa

Tecate Gold chuparosa

grape soda lupine

Anderson’s box thorn

box thorn

Fremont box thorn


antelope bush

antelope bush


purple sage

Mojave sage

apricot mallow



Indian ricegrass

desert needlegrass

prickly poppy

antelope horns

desert milkweed

desert marigold

perennial woolly-star

perennial woolly-star

blue flax

desert four o’clock

four o’clock

stemless evening primrose

California evening primrose

basket evening primrose

Palmer’s penstemon

desert penstemon

Utah penstemon

Death Valley sage

prairie dropseed

prince’s plume

Mojave aster