Guide to Arizona Flora

Estrella is home to some of the best desert views around. From towering saguaros to colorful wildflowers, learn more about the native plant life found throughout our community and state.

Autumn Sage

This plant bears clusters of red, purple, pink or violent flowers. It’s also a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds.

Bunny Ear Cactus

An evergreen cactus, that bears a resemblance to its fun name, it produces yellow flowers in the spring and summer.

Firecracker Penstemon

Blooming throughout the winter and into spring, this vibrant native plant is an easy to spot and popular yard addition.

Arizona Poppy

These bright flowers are commonly found in various shades of orange and yellow with red centers.


One of the easiest to identify, these shrubs can grow exceptionally large (up to 15 feet tall!) and have long thorn-covered branches that blossom from spring to early summer.

Next time you’re strolling the more than 40 miles of hiking trails surrounding Estrella, keep a keen eye out for these Arizona plants. Don’t forget to bring a camera, post your photos to social media using #LifeInEstrella for an opportunity to have your photos shared on our Instagram page.