Southwest Plant Selector is the only app of expert-recommended xeric landscape plants specifically for New Mexico, El Paso, and surrounding areas. All plants in this app thrive on little or no supplemental water and are typically both available and used in regional xeriscapes.

Browse through a database of hundreds of 700+ plants or search based on specific criteria. Each plant includes photo(s) and relevant information on use and care. Mark your “favorites” for quick access at the nursery or in your yard.

Gold winner (2013) in the interactive media program category, awarded by the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences.

Southwest Plant Selector is the result of a cooperative effort between the Center for Landscape Water Conservation and the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and was developed for iTunes by New Mexico State University Media Productions.

What’s New

Version 2.0

* Brand new, simpler interface written from the ground up to be more usable and attractive.
* New, easier method for searching and filtering the plant listing.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
4 Ratings
4 Ratings
Not Romney ,

Nice but needs work

This is a great app for looking for regional plants. However, information is somewhat limited and pictures are poor, mostly blurry. With a bit of effort, could be outstanding.

James Jemeson ,

Thanks Not Romney

Thanks for pointing out the blurry pictures, we will do our best to upgrade these as resources become available. NMSU executive producer


Please keep it updated

Love this very helpful app! Please keep it updated. Thank you!


New Mexico State University Board of Regents
600.7 MB

Requires iOS 8.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2012 NMSU Board of Regents


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