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)

Not many items in the desert survive the heat, but the oleander is an exception. It grows fast(its seeds are quite simple to germinate), withstands the dry and reflective type of heat, bad soil, etc. You can get them in white, pink, or red as well as in dwarf or other sizes. You can even get a type that looks like a carnation due to double flowers.

Desert Willow

Desert Willows, additionally called by its technical name of Chilopsis linearis, tolerates many conditions quite well and comes in pink, white, yellow, or purple. It’s grown in areas like Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and the southern part of California. It mostly is seen in the grasslands to the low desert regions. It matures fast and can reach thirty feet in length and as much as twenty feet in width.


Hesperaloes are quite special with a unique type of look. They are very ornamental due to this and quite popular in America and Mexico, as well as worldwide. They make the landscape look prettier. And they are great to give as gifts. Plus hummingbirds love them too. You can plant it in a pot, then put them to decorate areas like pools, house entrances, etc.


Lantanas are a genus that includes nearly 150 kinds of flowering plants. They are indigenous to tropical areas in South and Central America, as well as in Africa. It does grow in Australia now, but it’s not indigenous to that country. It was brought there in 1841 to be used as ornamental plants.


Hibiscuses are a type of genus of flowering plants. It grows in both the desert and in the tropics since it does well in hot temperatures and needs lots of sun. So, it can grow worldwide.  It is considered unique for the aesthetic charm it has. Its flower is big and red, so it makes a pretty ornamental plant to decorate with. Some places in the world even make tea from this flower and use it to obtain 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.

Mexican Bird of Paradise



Potato Bush

Mexican Heather

California Poppy


Lady Slipper

Torch Glow

Pink Fairy Duster

Crape Myrtle

Desert Ruellia



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