Desert Blooms: Hardy Flowers That Thrive in Dry Climates

Desert-Flower-FeatureDesert flowers are an infusion of fresh color and life among an arid and barren landscape. Their very nature represents endurance and thriving in the face of adversity. Desert plants usually have a resilient nature with interesting foliage and highly fragranced flowers. The following is a list of some common and interesting desert flowers suitable to grow in hot areas of the southwest.

Desert Rose - Probably the first flower one thinks of as a native desert flower, the desert rose has succulent stems and star-shaped flowers in a deep red hue. Its dramatically swollen stems give way to tightly clustered, bright green leaves. Desert rose prefers full sun, and of course, does not like to be watered too often.

Desert Poppy - At its base, desert poppy has a bushy, basal patch of grayish green leaves. From this foliage stem solitary, delicate flowers in shades of pale white to yellow. Desert poppies are hardy flowers that grow up to 3 feet tall, even on rocky slopes and gravel.

Desert Star Vine - Desert star vine produces solitary blooms on an
un-branched tendril. Desert-PoppyThe flowers are star-shaped with four petals of a crisp white color. They can usually be found growing up bush scrub or creeping up a canyon ridge.

Desert Indian Paintbrush - Desert Indian Paintbrush is a striking flower with fingerlike, elongated lobes in a rich coral shade. Its foliage is brush-like and a dusty gray-green color. It flowers from May to September and can be found in sagebrush scrub and woodlands.

Fairy Duster - A low lying, dense shrub, Fairy Dust produces flowers that look like something from an alien landscape. At its core, the flowers are dark orange, and from them protrude
long pink stamens which look like fluff or hair. It can bloom throughout the
year, but is most commonly seen flowering from February to May. Desert-Indian-PaintbrushFairy duster can be found on hillsides, sandy areas, and low slopes.

Desert Bluebells - Desert blue bell has fuzzy oblong leaves that are dark green, and its reddish stems give way to bell-shaped cobalt or purple flowers with five petals. Desert blue bell is commonly found in open, sandy areas and along roadsides.

Yellow cups - Yellow cups closely resemble buttercups, but are taller, at a height of up to two feet. Their stems and foliage are covered in fine hairs, and occasionally the petals may have red spotting. Flowering from March to May, yellow cups grow on sandy slopes, under bush scrub, and near woodlands.

Fairy-DusterDesert lily - Desert lily can get up to 4 feet tall, and its flowers are large, about 2 1/2 inches wide. These white blooms are a creamy white color and funnel shaped with 6 petals. Desert lily is highly fragranced, and its wavy, bluish green leaves can get up to a 20 inches long. It can be found in sandy flat areas and low slopes.

Desert lupine - Desert lupine looks similar to all other variation of the species, and has the typical bloom of three petals: one on top and two below. The blue and purple flowers grow in clusters along the vertical stalk, which can get up to 15 inches tall. Desert lupine can be found covering the desert floor and along roadsides during especially dry weather.

Twining snapdragon - Growing along a thin vine, twining snapdragon can
climb up other plants and structures, reaching heights up to 8 feet tall. Desert-lupineAt the tip of the vine sits a solitary flower that ranges in color from canary yellow to gold with flecks of dark red. Its narrow leaves are staggered along the vine and about two inches long. Twining snapdragon grows on shrubs and debris in low lying areas.

Yerba Mansa - With a thick stem and large green leaves, yerba mansa can grow up to 20 inches tall. Its boom time is from March to September, and it produces large white "flowers" with a conical protuberance in the center. The handful of "petals" are actually modified leaves known as bracts, and can
grow up to an inch long each. Over the growing season, the blooms develop
pink stains on the edges of the bracts, which merge together and turn a bright red in the fall. Yerba-MansaYerba mansa prefers moist areas and can be found alongside seeps and hidden springs.

Desert Primrose - Desert Primrose is a bushy plant that grows in dunes and can get up to 18 inches high and 40 inches wide. The foliage is a pale gray-green, and the coarse leavescan grow as long as 4 inches. The blooms produce creamy white flowers with 4 petals that form a saucer shape, and can get up to three inches in width. They bloom from January to May and tend to change to a pinkish shade as they age. The flowers open in the evening and close midmorning, which is why they're also called evening primroses.


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