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The Barrel Cactus tends
to grow leaning toward the
south, which is why it is also
called the " compass " cactus .

The barbed thorns of the
fuzzy-looking Cholla have
earned them the nickname
" Velcro of the desert . "

The Jojoba shrub is highly
valued for its brown, acornlike seeds that contain a
high-quality liquid wax.

Ironwoods are spiny trees
that sprout small leaves
when the soil is moist . They
bloom in May/June with
violet, wisteria-like flowers.

A member of the Agave family, the Century Plant grows
a flowering stalk that can
reach up to 15 feet in height .

The whip-like branches of
the Ocotillo sport fiery red
blossoms in the spring .

Devil's Claw has long trailing
stems and scalloped leaves .
It is a signature material in
baskets created by the Tohono
O'odham and Pima people .

The stem of the Brittlebush
exudes a gum that can be
chewed or used as incense .
This shrub blooms from
late winter to early spring .

Fun Facts

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Creosote is thought to be the oldest living
plant in the world .
A ring of creosotes looks like separate plants,
but all are descendant from a common seed .
Native people used creosote secretions to
waterproof baskets and mend pottery .
The creosote's flowers and foliage feed more
than 60 species of insects .
It gives off a fresh, unmistakable fragrance
following a rain .
These common evergreen shrubs can live to
be over 100 years old .

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