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Maricopa Native Seed Library: Select seeds/plants

We are seeking feedback about your experiences with our germinating seeds to help with education and outreach efforts. Please complete this short survey.  We will be entering respondents (who provide their email address) into a drawing for specialty seeds (seeds not currently offered in the seed library); expect several drawings per year. Please wait several months after sowing your seeds before completing the survey.


This page will help you make selections about which plants to grow/seeds to obtain at the library:

1. Plant profiles-detailed profiles of each plant in the seed library

2. Plant lists-to identify plants in the seed library that meet specific criteria, such as those that attract hummingbirds


Note: not all seeds are available at all seed library locations at all times, but the pages stay up for educational purposes. If you are looking for seeds for a specific plant, please call ahead to the seed library location you plan to visit.


Plant profiles

In the tabs above are descriptions for each plant in the seed library including its germination and cultivation needs as well as its wildlife benefits. Plants can be found alphabetically by common name within the category that best describes them.

Grasses-Flowering plants with narrow leaves. Sonoran desert native grasses tend to be bunch grasses.

Vines-climbing plants

Groundcovers-plants that tend to grow low across the ground

Some plants can function as either vines or groundcovers, depending on how they are grown.

Plant Lists & Palettes

 Brittlebush with nectaring red admiral butterfly

Red admiral butterfly nectaring at brittlebush. Danielle Carlock 

Picture of Hartweg's twining milkweed flowers

Hartweg's twinevine. Danielle Carlock 

 Hummingbird nectaring at Parry's penstemon

Hummingbird visiting Parry's Penstemon. Danielle Carlock 

 Pink fairy duster, a full sun plant

Pink fairy duster. Danielle Carlock. 

Picture of chocolate flower plants

Chocolate flower. Danielle Carlock