There are so many beautiful desert plants that have sparked our attention and made us do research for their interesting features. Cactuses and succulents are the most common plants that we can find in deserts. Cacti is mostly used short name for cactuses and water plants are how succulents are called. They grow and live on dry soil like a desert and they do not need to be watered like other plants. They store water in some of their parts, so they have a reserve of water for the drought. The word succulent means juice or sap because they are juicy plants.
Cacti are members of the Cactaceae plant family, a family that counts 127 types. Almost all cacti are succulents, but not all water plans are cacti. Succulents can keep juice for reserve in their roots, leaves, or stems so they can live without water and rain so much longer than other plants. Succulents are often used as decorations because they live long, don’t require much care and water, and because of their unusual and beautiful appearance. Cacti can be found in many different shapes and sizes and they are wild plants because they live in an extremely dry environment. They have spines instead of leaves, so they keep the water in their stem longer than other plants and flowers.
1. Prickly Pear – A Sweet Desert Fruit
The prickly pear is also known as nopal. The fact that its fruits are edible is what amazes me the most. What’s more, they are considered to be an important food in the tropical and subtropical regions. Did you know that its stems are used as an emergency stock of water in extreme conditions of drought?
2. Baja Fairy Duster
This plant thrives in full sun and extreme dry soil, and it full blooms from November to March, but you can spot flowers all year round. It requires low maintenance.
3. Barrel Cactus
The barrel cactus comes in two types, Echinocactus and the Ferrocactus. This is one of the beautiful desert plants that you can in fact grow in your home. It requires lots of sun, minimal watering, and a well-drained pot.
4. Pita Agave Green Cactus
This plant survives in places with no rain perfectly well. You can find it in more than 300 different species. It’s pretty amazing the fact that it only saves water once in its lifetime. It also flowers just once. It’s fast growing and may be one of the tallest plants on the planet.
5. Cinnamon Cactus
6. Beautiful Desert Flower
7. Puya Raimondii
This type of desert plant has the tallest flower spike in the whole wide world. Some of these plants take more than 150 years to bloom and once they do it’s truly spectacular. It usually flowers in May and then it dies.
8. Carpet Of Desert Pink Flowers
Did you know that a carpet of desert pink flowers appears only then when it has fallen enough rain? Climate change is definitely having a part in this too.
9. Pencil Succulent Plant
Are you looking forward to taking care of a pencil succulent inside your home? Go ahead and do it. It requires minimal care, and it thrives in sunny areas with minimal water. If you injure this plant, it will release a cloudy sap which may be harmful to some people, so be extremely careful with it.
10. Living Stone – Lithops
This is the most unique plant that I have seen so far. I can say that I’m head over heels for it and I want to get it for my house as soon as possible. They are said to be pretty challenging to grow though and require a lot of sun and a well-drained potting mix. Following a strict watering schedule is of utmost importance as well.
11. Hero Desert Succulent
12. Plant With Specific Texture And Shape
13. Double Black Asia – The Desert Rose
This plant is popular for its double blooms. The color goes from vibrant red to dark maroon at the edges of the petals. It blooms all the time if the conditions are warm and sunny.
These beautiful desert plans have managed to amaze me and even got me thinking about getting some for my home garden. Do you already have a desert plant at home? Let me know in the comments below!