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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.

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Baileya multiradiataDesert Marigold
Showy Desert Marigold
Paper Daisy
Desert Baileya
Calliandra eriophyllaPink Fairyduster
Mock Mesquite
Carnegiea giganteaSaguaro
Giant Saguaro
Calochortus kennedyiDesert Mariposa Lily
Desert Mariposa
Red Mariposa-lily
Flame Mariposa
Calycoseris wrightiiWhite Tackstem
Echinocereus reichenbachii ssp. reichenbachiiLace Cactus
Lace Hedgehog Cactus
Enceliopsis nudicaulisNakedstem Sunray
Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicanaMexican Gold Poppy
California Poppy
Fallugia paradoxaApache Plume
Fouquieria splendensOcotillo
Devil's Walking Stick
Gaillardia pinnatifidaRed Dome Blanketflower
Yellow Gaillardia
Blanket Flower
Glandularia gooddingiiSouthwestern Mock Vervain
Pink Verbena
Southwestern Vervain
Goodding's Verbena
Mojave Verbena
Hesperocallis undulataAjo Lily
Desert Lily
Hibiscus coulteriDesert Rosemallow
Desert Rose-mallow
Coulter Hibiscus
Kallstroemia grandifloraArizona Poppy
Desert Poppy
Orange Caltrop
Summer Poppy
Layia glandulosaWhite-daisy Tidytips
White Tidytips
Malacothrix glabrataDesert-dandelion
Smooth Desertdandelion
Melampodium leucanthumBlackfoot Daisy
Rock Daisy
Plains Blackfoot
Mentzelia pumilaDwarf Mentzelia
Oenothera deltoidesBirdcage Evening-primrose
Fragrant Primrose
Desert Evening-primrose
Birdcage Primrose
Dune Evening Primrose
Penstemon parryiParry's Penstemon
Parry's Beardtongue
Penstemon pseudospectabilisDesert Penstemon
Desert Beardtongue
Rosy Desert Penstemon
Rosy Desert Beardtongue
Canyon Penstemon
Canyon Beardtongue
Mohave Penstemon
Mohave Beardtongue
Phacelia crenulataCleft-leaf Wild Heliotrope
Notchleaf Phacelia
Phlox tenuifoliaSanta Catalina Mountain Phlox
Psilostrophe cooperiWhite-stem Paper-flower
Whitestem Paperflower
Yellow Paper Daisy
Scabrethia scabra ssp. scabraBadlands Mule-ears
Sphaeralcea ambiguaDesert Globemallow
Apricot Globe-mallow
Desert Mallow
Globe Mallow
Apricot Mallow
Tetraneuris acaulis var. acaulisStemless Four-nerve Daisy
Stemless Goldflower
Stemless Rubber Weed
Butte Marigold
Zinnia grandifloraPlains Zinnia
Rocky Mountain Zinnia
Prairie Zinnia
Little Golden Zinnia
Yellow Zinnia
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Light requirement
 Sun - 6 or more hrs
 Part shade - 2 to 6 hrs
 Shade - 2 hrs or less

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