We all talk about flowering plants, we all know about flowering plants but how much do we actually talk about desert plants? Do we know how many different species of deserted plants actually exist in the world? Can we name any desert plant except from Cactus? Did you ever know that there are over 2500 species of desert plants. Lets explore a few in this blog. All the below mentioned plants can easily be grown indoors without much of hassle.
Desert plants (xerophytic plant) are segregated into different categories, namely, grasses and shrubs, wildflowers, cacti, succulents and trees. These deserted plants are known as xerophytes. These kinds of plants are small in structure and the leaves are waxy in order to retain water in them. Just the cactus is capable of holding water in its trunk.
List of Desert Plants
These are very pretty looking plants that elevate their purple color at a time when temperatures are declining or during droughts. The Santa Rita Purple Prickly Pear produces fruit as well, and the fruits are also edible. These plants have medicinal properties that aid in the treatment of diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cholesterol. It has anti-inflammatory properties, too.
Fun Fact: These plant can actually grow as tall as 6 feet
Water gets vaporized quickly especially in the deserts which gives no chance for the deserted area to soak much of water and preserve it within. Hence the deserted land has a flimsy root and struggles to hold much water as it actually needs. The roots are not deeper than 1.3cms so it does not take longer for the rainwater to reach to its roots in order to absorb.
Fun Fact: We are all aware of the common fact that the cacti plants are of green color. However there are also cacti plants that are bluish, brown-green in color.
Coral Cactus is not purely a cactus. It is a mixture of two succulent plants and together being a “Franken Plant” which is Fan-shaped plant. If you are looking forward to having this gorgeous looking plant in your house then you must keep few things in mind. Throughout spring and summer, watering the plant every week or once in two weeks, anytime the soil seems 1 inch dry. Lessen watering around once every month during fall and winter, since if left excessively damp, cacti will rot throughout those seasons, and restart watering every week during the early spring.
Fun Fact: Coral Cactus is a lovely plant that turns its color between blue-grey towards silver. This desert plant even turns yellow when it’s very well taken care of.
These are very attractive rose-shaped plants. In most situations, Echeverias are difficult to grow healthy indoors for a much longer period of time and tend to be out in the massive amount of daylight. Even then, these are known to live in solar rooms, glasshouses and rooms that collect sunshine all day long.
Echeveria is a wide species of flowering plant native to Central America. Its ecosystem is mainly semi-dry or dry. Thus, this is crucial to note and properly appreciate their needs.
Fun Fact: These plants can be quickly plucked and grown elsewhere, and they will still have their offshoots.
Succulent blue chalk sticks are indeed a discreet progressing plant that embraces the surface towards the front of the boundary or even on a sunny hill. Simple to grow and flourishes well with a bright, warm location, its enduring blue-gray leaves seem a very appealing complement to salvia as well as other purple perennials.
Fun Fact: The indigenous of South Africa is labeled the succulent blue chalk or the blue fingers of its enticing blueish, finger-like foliage. Also it generates white seasonal flowers.
The Flapjack Succulent (Kalanchoe luciae) has also been recognized as the Paddle Plant due to the obvious paddle as well as shellfish-like shaped leaves which form clusters of rosettes. This is a stunning home plant which does not need much upkeep. This plant is drought resilient and can also be cultivated outdoors under the right circumstances.
Fun Fact: Succulent houseplants prefer to thrive to the girth of the pots they are planted in, but even though they are huge mostly in forest, you can keep them growing inside your home.
Strong and reliable, Angelina Stonecrop grows to a size of a foot in some season with a maximum length that does not exceed 2 to 4 inches. The yellow-green, golden, needle-like enduring foliage generates vertical yellow flowers which mature 4-6 inches tall in mid spring. Plants can disperse over time which forms a beautiful mat.
Fun Fact: This is the most resilient plant as it can bear any season or soil condition.