Top 100 Desert Plants

desert plantsHere is a list of 100 of my favorite desert plants. This doesn’t mean there aren’t other desert plants you can enjoy and do well in desert, but these seem to be the most fun to grow in desert gardens.

They are in no particular order. This list took me over a week to line up, so I hope you enjoy!

1. 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. We carry tons of oleander seeds and they germinate very easily.

2. Bismark Palmetto – This lovely palm is sure to stand out in any desert landscape. It has a gorgeous silvery-blue color with a deep mahogany colored trunk. The palm is drought tolerant once established, fast-growing and can get quite large. It looks amazing at night when lit up from the ground. These palms are hard to find at nurseries and big box stores. Moon Valley Nursery tends to carry them. They are pricey there. There are also a few shops online that carry them as well, a quick search will pull them up. I hope to be carrying palmetto seeds within the next few years once my host palms reach maturity.

3. Saguaro – A gentle giant that stands up to incredible climate conditions, poor soil and desert critters. The edible fruit matures in the summer and is enjoyed by birds and other desert dwellers.

4. California Fan Palm

5. Canary Island Date Palm

6. Queen Palm

7. Texas Olive

8. Desert Willow

9. Golden Barrel

10. Ocotillo

11. Pygmy Date Palm

12. Pindo Palm

13. Ficus

14. Orange Tree

15. Hesperaloe

16. Lantana

17. Bougainvillea

18. Lemon Tree

19. Lime Tree

20. Emu Bush

21. Mexican Bird of Paradise

22. Hardenbergia

23. Ponytail Palm

24. Desert Spoon

25. Geranium

26. Baja Fairy Duster

27. Medicinal Aloe

28. Prickly Pear Cactus

29. Grapefruit Tree

30. Palo Brea

31. Palo Verde

32. Chilean Mesquite

33. Red Barrel Cactus

34. Mexican Fence Post Cactus

35. Totem Pole Cactus

36. Penstemon

37. Eucalyptus

38. Foxtail Agave (Agave attenuata)

39. Jacaranda

40. Texas Mountain Laurel

41. Joshua Tree

42. Century Plant (Agave americana)

43. Soaptree Yucca

44. Teddybear Cholla

45. Ice Plant

46. Lady Banks Rose

47. Date Palm

48. Ironwood

49. Hibiscus

50. Golden Torch Cactus

51. Red Bird of Paradise

52. Plumeria

53. Guava

54. Avocado

55. Basil

56. Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus

57. Peruvian Apple Cactus

58. Salvia

59. Bottlebrush

60. Roses

61. Chuparosa

62. Old Man Cactus

63. Cardon

64. Senita

65. Fire Sticks

66. Senegal Date Palm

67. Soft Tip Yucca

68. Elephant Bush (Portulacarea afra)

69. Potato Bush

70. Mexican Heather

71. Chaste Tree (Vitex agnes castus)

72. California Poppy

73. Vinca

74. Pomegranate

75. Lady Slipper

76. Mediterranean Fan Palm

77. Trichocereus grandiflorus

78. Fishhook Barrel Cactus

79. Lavender

80. Torch Glow

81. Triangle Leaf Bursage

82. Natal Plum

83. Eve’s Needle Cactus

84. Candelabra Cactus

85. Dragon’s Blood Tree

86. Chainfruit Cholla

87. Pink Fairy Duster

88. Crape Myrtle

89. Bookleaf Mallee

90. Sago Palm

91. Red Gum Tree

92. Arizona Ash

93. Jojoba

94. Octopus Agave

95. Desert Agave

96. Desert Ruellia

97. Baja Ruellia

98. Almond Tree

99. Peach Tree

100. Rosemary

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