Flowering Desert Plants

What are flowering desert plants thatone can add to and attractive landscape? Learn here...

If you live in the desert these is nothing that will make your property appear more beautiful than planting flowering plants that will grow in high desert growing conditions. Choosing the right xeric plants will also attract butterflies and wild birds to your property. These well planned xeriscape plants can increase the comfort level of your home. Remember that even the most drought-resistant native plants need more frequent watering during those first years to establish their extensive root system. Below I have listed some plants and descriptions that will thrive in a desert area.

Achillea Taygetea (Moonshine Yarrow): Requires full sun, medium water and is highly adaptive to the native soil and water needs but will grow best in a well drained soil. It grows to 24" tall and l8" wide, blooms in July-August, has yellow flowers that keep coming and can be used in both xeric and traditional borders.

Agastache Cana (Giant Hyssop): Requires full sun, medium water, grows to 24" tall and 24" wide, blooms in July-September and has rose-pink flowers. The flowers are prolific. It does well in average garden conditions, mixes well with other late-blooming perennials, is remarkable heat tolerant as long as it gets adequate water.

Agastache Rupestris (Licorice Mint Hyssop): Requires full sun, medium water, grows to 24" tall, 24" wide, blooms in July-September and has orange flowers. The fragrance of this plant is wonderful, and it loves well drained soil with plenty of summer heat.

Anacyclus Depressus (Mat Daisy): Require sun, shade, low water, grows to 6" tall, 12" wide, blooms in late spring and has a white and red flower. It thrives in poor, well drained soil.

Armeria Maritima (Thrift): Requires full sun, medium water, grows to 12" tall, 12" wide, blooms in late spring and has a pink flower. This is a rock garden favorite, likes regular watering during the heat of summer.



Artemisia Abrotanum (Southernwood): Requires sun, shad, and medium water, grows to 36" tall, 36" wide, blooms in July-August and has yellow gray flowers. It has a soft, ferny green foliage, and is a tough plant.

Calylophus Species (Sundrops): Requires full sun, low water, grows to l8" tall, l8" wide, blooms in spring and summer and has a yellow flower. It is a native wildflower and ever-blooming and also very tough.

Echinacea Purpurea (Purple Coneflower): Requires full sun, medium water, grows to 36" tall, 24" wide, blooms in late summer and has a pink/golden flower. It die to the ground during winter, but returns strongly in spring.

Gaura Lindheimeri (Gaura): Requres full sun, medium water, grows to 48" tall, 48" wide, blooms in June-September and has white or pink flowers. It has long, wispy stems of spider-like flowers.

Hymenoxys Scaposa (Perky Sue): Requires full sun, low water, grows to 12" tall, 12" wide, blooms in late April-August and has yellow flowers. This is an everblooming yellow daisy that loves heat and drought.

Oenothera Berlandieri (Mexican Evening Primrose):

Requires full sun, low water, grows to 12" tall, 60" wide, blooms in June-September and as pink flowers. This is a heat loving plant that thrives in sunny, dry areas along sun-baked south and west facing walls and pavement areas.

There are many more flowering plants that willgrow in a desert area but hopefully these listed above will help you in your decision to plant flowering plants.

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