Ideal plants for desert and arid areas

Choosing plants for arid and desert areas  can be challenging, as not all can survive extreme temperature changes. Therefore, below I present a list that can be adapted to perfection.

Thinking of a desert area is believed to be clumps of sand and unbearable heat, but not all desert and arid climates are like the landscapes in the movies.

It should be clear that this area has little rainfall, usually it does not exceed 250 mm per year. Another characteristic is a great variation in temperature between day and night that can exceed 20 different.

Plants suitable for desert and arid areas

Lavandula angustifolia

Lavender, Lavandula, Alhucema or Espigolina, is a dwarf species that can grow up to 45 cm high, being an option for borders.

The flowers are aromatic deep purple and the foliage is gray-green.

Opuntia cacanapa

Compact, fast-growing plant that can reach 1.80 m in height.

The flowers are bright and yellow, while the fruits are red.

Queen victoria agave

Slow growing cactus, which can take 40 years to flower.

The ideal is to grow it alone, away from the paths of passage due to the sharpness of its leaves.

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Drought-resistant ornamental herb that produces spectacular pinkish flowers that fall in a wavy pattern.

It can be alone, or, combined with other species that support drought.

Tagete lemmonii

Excellent plant for arid and desert areas . The foliage can range from pale green to dark green and its scent is very distinctive.

Height is 90 to 1.80 m at maturity. The flowers are a deep yellow hue that appear in early fall.

Agave parryi

Compact plant that forms rosettes. The leaves are bluish gray and the flowers are yellow which appear in the summer.

It can grow up to one meter in height, making it ideal for a succulent garden.

Salvia greggii

Dwarf, semi-woody and perennial plant. It usually reaches 1.20 m in height and whose flowers are long-lasting, purple in color. But there are also white and red varieties.

This is just a brief list of plants that adapt to these types of climates . And although there are many more, it is worth mentioning that these stand out for their flowering and color.

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