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 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, Giant 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

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
Red Dome Blanketflower, Yellow Gaillardia, Blanket Flower

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, Desert Poppy, Orange Caltrop, Summer Poppy

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Layia glandulosa
White-daisy Tidytips, White 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, Arnica

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
Stemless Four-nerve Daisy, Stemless Goldflower, Stemless Rubber Weed, Butte Marigold, Bitterweed

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Light: Sun
Water:

Zinnia grandiflora
Plains Zinnia, Rocky Mountain Zinnia, Prairie Zinnia, Little Golden Zinnia, Yellow Zinnia

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