Wildflowers of the Southwestern Desert

Many desert wildflowers are annuals that bloom in response to adequate rainfall and optimal temperatures. Some years few species bloom, while other years offer a plethora of desert wildflowers. The species included in this collection give a glimpse of some of the more prominent and abundant wildflowers of southwestern deserts.


QR Tag Name Characteristics

Baileya multiradiata
Desert marigold, Showy desert marigold, Paper daisy, Desert baileya

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Calliandra eriophylla
Pink fairyduster, Fairyduster, Mesquitilla, Mock mesquite

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Calochortus kennedyi
Desert mariposa lily, Desert mariposa, Red mariposa-lily, Flame mariposa

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Calycoseris wrightii
White tackstem

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Carnegiea gigantea
Saguaro

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. reichenbachii
Lace Cactus, Lace hedgehog cactus

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Enceliopsis nudicaulis
Nakedstem sunray, Sunray

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light:
Water:

Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana
Mexican gold poppy, California poppy, Amopalo del campo

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Moist, Dry

Fallugia paradoxa
Apache plume, Ponil

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Fouquieria splendens
Ocotillo, Devil's walking stick, Candlewood

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Gaillardia pinnatifida
Blanket flower, Red dome blanketflower, Red-dome blanket-flower, Yellow gaillardia

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Glandularia gooddingii
Southwestern mock vervain, Pink verbena, Southwestern vervain, Goodding's verbena, Mojave verbena

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Hesperocallis undulata
Ajo lily, Desert lily, Desert-lily

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Hibiscus coulteri
Desert rosemallow, Desert rose-mallow, Coulter hibiscus

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry

Kallstroemia grandiflora
Arizona poppy, Orange caltrop, Desert poppy, Summer poppy

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Layia glandulosa
White tidytips, Whitedaisy tidytips

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Malacothrix glabrata
Desert-dandelion, Smooth desertdandelion

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Melampodium leucanthum
Blackfoot Daisy, Rock daisy, Plains blackfoot

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun, Part-shade
Water: Dry

Mentzelia pumila
Dwarf mentzelia

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Oenothera deltoides
Birdcage evening-primrose, Fragrant primrose, Desert evening-primrose, Birdcage primrose

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Penstemon parryi
Parry's penstemon, Parry's beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Penstemon pseudospectabilis
Desert penstemon, Desert beardtongue, Rosy desert penstemon, Rosy desert beardtongue, Canyon penstemon, Canyon beardtongue, Mohave penstemon, Mohave beardtongue

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Phacelia crenulata
Cleft-leaf wild heliotrope, Notchleaf phacelia

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light:
Water:

Phlox tenuifolia
Santa Catalina Mountain phlox

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light:
Water:

Psilostrophe cooperi
White-stem paper-flower, Whitestem paperflower, Yellow paper daisy

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Scabrethia scabra ssp. scabra
Badlands mule-ears

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Light:
Water:

Sphaeralcea ambigua
Desert globemallow, Apricot globe-mallow, Desert mallow, Globe mallow, Apricot mallow

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water: Dry

Tetraneuris acaulis var. acaulis
Butte marigold, Stemless four-nerve daisy, Stemless goldflower, Stemless rubber weed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Zinnia grandiflora
Rocky Mountain zinnia, Little golden zinnia, Yellow zinnia, Plains zinnia, Prairie zinnia

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Light: Part-shade
Water: Dry