Desert Wildflowers

Flower lovers around the world have a great fondness of wildflowers. They are generally colorful, fragrant and can grow in many different places even when not always intentionally planted. To top it off, they are generally bright and beautiful.

Because of their beauty, their seeds are quite available commercially.

Here are our favorite wildflowers that grow well in desert and warm climates.

Oleander (Nerium oleander)

Few things in the desert hold up to our insanely hot summers like the good old oleander. These guys grow quickly, withstand reflective heat, dry conditions, horrific soil and just about anything you can throw at it. They come in dwarf varieties in colors like pink, red and white. If you look around you might find double flower varieties as well, which looks almost like a carnation. Oleander seeds germinate very easily.

Desert Willow

The Desert Willow also known as Chilopsis linearis is a highly tolerant, unique plant that blossoms its shade from purple, pink, white or yellow. They range from Nevada, southern California, through New Mexico and Arizona to northern Mexico and west Texas. Its main habitat ranges from the low desert to the grasslands. The desert willow has very rapid developing shrubs that can grow for about 30 feet long and about 20 feet in diameter.


The Hesperaloe plants have a very unique design and because of their unique design, the Hesperaloe plants are considered as one of the most used ornamental plants throughout America, Mexico and other parts of the world. They are usually used to enhance the beauty of the landscape. It would also make for an amazing gift. It can also be used to attract humming birds. The plant can be grown in pots and arranged on side of the swimming pool, arrange on the entrance and in other areas around the house in order to enhance the beauty of landscape.


Lantana is the term given to a genus of almost 150 flowering plants. These plants are native to the tropical regions of south America, central America and Africa. The plant is also found in Australia however it is not native to Australia. It was only introduced in the country in 1841 as an ornamental plant.


Hibiscus is a flowering plant genus which loves to grow in tropical and desert areas because it loves the warmth and sunlight. You’ll find the hibiscus growing in areas like this all around the world.

What is unique about this flowering plant is its aesthetic appeal. It is a large red flower which gets used often as an ornamental plant. In some cultures, they even brew tea from the red petals of the hibiscus plant. Hibiscus tea contains a high amount of Vitamin C.


Approximately 422 species of geranium exist. Some of these flowering plants are perennial plants, while others are annual plants and biennial plants. You can find geraniums in tropical locations which have mountainous areas. They’re used as garden flowers because of their colorful beauty and fragrance. They have circular cleft leaves and five petals which are either blue, purple, pink, or white. You can easily identify geraniums because of the veining in the flower petals.


Plumeria is a tropical flowering plant with several different species which come in the form of little trees and shrubs. They are native to three locations: the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. You can also find a few species in Brazil and Florida as well. Pretty much any warm location will provide a suitable environment for plumerias to grow and prosper.


If you dream of growing a lot of colorful flowers for your home or garden, then you’ll love bougainvillea. These ornamental plants come in the form of trees, vines, and bushes. There are so many different varieties of bougainvillea, with most of them found in South American countries like Spain, Argentina, Peru, and El Salvador. However, there are also varieties of the plant found in Thailand, Malaysia, India, and the Philippines.

Texas Olive

The Texas Olive, also known as Cordia boissieri is a flowering tree from the borage family (Boraginaceae). It is a native of North America extending from Texas to Central Mexico. The Texas Olive also has other popular names which include Mexican Olive, Texas Wild Olive, and White Cordia. It can grow to a height of 16 to 23 feet and about 25 feet in diameter. It has large deep green leaves with coarse and leathery texture which are about 18 cm long and 5 cm wide. The plant has white flowers that are shaped like a funnel and are usually found on the tree the entire year. The Texas Olive requires full bright or partial sunlight and blossoms in deep, over-drained soils. It produces small and edible olive-like fruits that are usually consumed by birds and other animals.

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Lady Slipper

Torch Glow

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Crape Myrtle

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