Native Plant ID Needed

Learning To Live Here - Plant ID Needed

Drought condition/dormant (no water)

Learning To Live Here - Plant ID Needed

Frequently watered

Learning To Live Here - Plant ID Needed


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3 Responses to Native Plant ID Needed

  1. At first I though it was Senna, but after the last photo I’m not so sure any more.


  2. Deb Bollinger says:

    You’re right, Nicholas. Senna armata in drought-deciduous mode. Wish we could propagate it, but nobody, including JTNP’s nursery, has been able to grow it. We tried to get some for the Joshua Tree Water Wise Demonstration Garden, but had to find a substitute.

    • Deb, thank you for this info!
      On another note, not sure if you know but we just bought a 20-acre orchard in the tax sale (June). It was irrigated and planted with 1200 trees before the owner failed and walked away. There are still 36 fruit trees still alive after 7 years with no water! (Jujube, Persimmon, Asian Pear). More at Our plan is to plant natives and more drought-tolerant fruit trees, and partially irrigate with rainwater harvesting. We’d also like to turn parts of the existing irrigation system back on. Would you be willing to come and take a look, and share advice? Email us directly at Thank you! Stephanie & Jay

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