Plants that grow in the desert names and pictures: For an Authentic Desert Garden

To make a realistic attempt at desert gardening one needs to know the desert plants to use. Dry gardens take drought tolerant plants and ones designed to live in hot dry arid places. Desert gardening can be a beautiful way to display interesting plants among rocks and stones. Desert plants can be flowering and they can have interesting foliage, don’t discount them easily. These are completely different looking plants which you can see at May!


1. Greasewood plant

A greasewood shrub
A greasewood shrub

Greasewood, Sacrobatus vermiculatus, is from the Chenopodiaceae family of plants. It is also known as chicowood or black greasewood. There are many branches on this shrub and it is thorny with succulent leaves. It will get 3 to 7 feet high. Leaves are 1 inch long and flowers are greenish for the female blooms and rose for the male blooms. It will have flowers in the spring and summer seasons. Grow in saline soil or alkaline soil. Also known for natural herbal extract.


 

2. Blue Phacelia

Blue Phacelia
Blue Phacelia

Blue phacelia, Phacelia distans, is also known as scorpionweed and wild heliotrope. It has fern-like leaves that are green and bell-like blue flowers. Flowers will bloom from February to June. The plant will get 1 to 3 feet tall and will resemble the tail of a scorpion with the shape.


3. Chuparosa

Chuparosa
Chuparosa

Chuparosa, Justica californica, is from the Acanthaceae family of plants. It has grayish green foliage that is oval and ½ to 1 inch long. Flowers come throughout the year and are tubular and red. The flowers are in terminal clusters. The entire plant gets 5 feet tall. There is nectar in this plant that makes it popular for birds and the seeds are eaten by quail.


4. Desert Paintbrush

Desert Paintbrush
Desert Paintbrush

Desert paintbrush, Castilleja chromosa, is from the Schrophulariaceae family of plants. It has 1 to 2 inch long leaves and reddish orange flowers from April to August. The entire plant can get 4 to 16 inches tall with erect stems.


5. Mohave Yucca

Mohave Yucca
Mohave Yucca

Mohave yucca, Yucca schidigera, is an evergreen with leaves 2 to 4 inches long and bell-like flowers in purplish white 1 to 2 inches long. Flowers bloom August and September and fruits are in late summer with black berries. The plant will get up to 16 feet tall. It depends on the Pronuba moth to pollinate.


6. Hedgehog cactus

Hedgehog cactus
Hedgehog cactus

Hedgehog, Echinocereus triglochidiatus, is from the Cactaceae family of plants. It is a barrel cactus with 1 foot long cylindrical green stems. Red flowers are cupshaped and 1 to 2 inches long, blooming April to June. It is pollinated by hummingbirds. These flowers will be open at night which is unlike many other cactus plants.