The desert is habitat to a number of unique plants. Many of these plants yield stunning flowers that range in color from translucent white to bright orange. The blooms of these plants can last anywhere from months to a single night but all are beautiful.
1. Arizona Poppy:
With deep roots (up to 9 inches), the Arizona poppy is extremely resilient and can come back time and time again when some rains come. From July to October, this plant yields beautiful orange flowers. These vibrant flowers have five petals and are primarily orange, with a red base where the petals meet. The flowers of the Arizona poppy only bloom for one day. This plant prefers flat, sandy areas in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts and provides pollens and nectars that wasps and bees love.
2. Desert Lily:
The Desert lily looks very similar to an Easter lily and loves living in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. The six-petaled lily flowers are cream in color and are typically 2 1/2 inches wide. This plant blooms from March to May. The bulb of this flower yields a stem ranging from 1 to 4 feet high and with it, blue-green leaves that can measure up to 20 inches in length.
3. Ghost Flower:
Native to the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, the ghost flower grows beautiful in washes and rocky areas. This plant yields countless creamy blooms, each 1 1/2 inches wide with purple dots inside and features two yellow stamens. This plant is a member of the Figwort family and grows up to 16 inches high. The light green leaves are a wonderful accent to the delicate, somewhat translucent flowers that bloom from February to April.
4. Mojave Yucca:
The Mojave yucca can be seen in Southern California, Baja, southern Nevada and western Arizona. This cactus yields both fruit and flowers. The fruit of this plant is a black berry 2 to 4 inches and 1 1/2 inches wide. The berry matures in the late summer and provides and edible flesh. From August to September the Mojave yucca yields clusters of purplish-white flowers ranging from 1 to 2 inches. The flowers of the Mojave yucca are bell-shaped.
5. Night Blooming Cereus:
The night blooming cereus yields one the most unique and beautiful flowers in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. A member of the cactus family, this plant looks like a dead bush for the majority of the year. For one night in June or July, the bush transforms with beautiful flowers that bloom at dusk and wilt by morning. The flowers for the night blooming cereus are extremely fragrant and trumpet-shaped. Each flower is a creamy white with many petals. The flower is typically 4 inches wide and 8 inches long.