Sonoran Seed Collaborative

Sonoran Seed Collaborative is a native plant project dedicated to restoring our desert parks and preserves. We aim to find the best practices for growing and propagating local, native Sonoran Desert plants to harvest for seeds that can be used in future restoration projects in our area.

This project was started in 2018 in collaboration with the Arizona Columbine Garden Club, Tovrea Carraro Society, Arizona Native Plant Society, and Desert Botanical Garden as a jumping off point to support a regional network of local growers of native seeds and plants for conservation.


Focal Species


Acres Restored


Volunteer Hours

Species Spotlight

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The name says it all! Sweetbush (Bebbia juncea) is a Southwest native plant in the sunflower family (Asteraceae) with a sweet scent. This shrub is a favorite among pollinators and a key host plant in the Sonoran Desert. Reptiles like Chuckwallas can be seen munching on the blooms.
Butterfly in on the flowers in garden

Desert Marigold

Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata) is one of the most common wildflowers in both the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts. In the sunflower family (Asteraceae), this plant is a great pollinator plant with a special relationship with the Desert Marigold moth.
Butterfly in on the flowers in garden

Desert Lavender

Desert Lavender (Condea emoryi) is in the mint family (Lamiaceae) and a hardy desert plant. An important source of nectar for pollinators and drought-tolerant, this shrub also has important cultural and ethnobotanical uses.

Project Partners

We are grateful for the support and leadership of our partners in this effort.

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McDowell Sonoran Conservancy logo
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arizona parks and recreation association
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CAZCA is an initiative of Desert Botanical Garden. Any donations made to CAZCA must be made through Desert Botanical Garden. You will now be taken to their website to complete this transaction. Thank you!