Sustainable landscaping is the new Xeriscaping, still incorporating the use of low water use and natives along with water harvesting. Landscaping your Tucson or Green Valley area home with desert natives does not mean a boring yard by any means, as there are plenty of native plants available to provide color, texture and food for wildlife.
The Paperflower, Psilostrophe cooperi, is a perfect flowering native perennial. This small 2 foot tall and wide perennial works well in any landscape, requiring minimal water and perfectly drained soils to thrive. It must have full sun. The Paperflower blooms from spring into summer with a profusion of yellow flowers drying to a papery seed head. Water carefully, as overwatering can kill.
Plant Paperflower with other desert plants. It is well suited as a companion to the agave species, barrel cactus and prickly pears. Choose cold hardy species so you will not have to worry about cold temperatures.
Reference: Mountain States Wholesale Nursery and Gregg Starr Nursery Plant Info Sheet, 1999.