Flowers That Don't Need Water

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Flowers That Don't Need Water
Some flowers enjoy dry or sandy soil and limited water. (desert flower image by Clarence Alford from

Flowers share many common benefits, including beautification of a landscape, a pleasant aroma and useful pollination. There are differences in what flowers need to thrive, so make sure you consider certain factors when you choose to plant a garden. Among these factors are location, sun exposure and water. Flowers definitely need water, but there are many that don't need very much water to live. Some annuals, perennials, wildflowers and desert flowers thrive on very little moisture and may be a better option for gardens in dry and arid areas.

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Mexican Gold Poppy

Mexican gold poppy (Eschscholtzia Mexicana) is an annual and a wild flower that is also known as desert gold poppy. Native to the Southwest, Mexican gold poppy grows approximately 8 inches to 1 foot tall and blooms in the spring. The flowers are typically orange to yellow. Mexican gold poppies often grow in rocky areas, plains, roadsides and sandy soil. This flower does need some water but is drought-tolerant and can survive quite well with very little moisture.

Cutleaf Daisy

Cutleaf daisy (Engelmannia pinnatifida) is an easily grown perennial native to the United States. Also known as Engelman daisy, this wild flower is a member of the sunflower family. It starts blooming in February or March and continues blooming through November. Yellow blossoms sprout on each stem, and the flowers can grow up to 3 feet tall. Cutleaf daisies prefer full sun and dry soil. Because these flowers have a deep tap root, they can thrive without much water.

Mirabilis Multiflora

Mirabilis multiflora is the scientific name for showy four o'clock, a desert perennial with lovely funnel-shaped purple flowers. Growing up to 3 feet tall, showy four o'clock has flowers that sprout from April to September. They bloom, as the name suggests, in late afternoon and stay in bloom during the night. Showy four o'clock flowers are native to the southwestern and western U.S. and can grow in woodlands, shrublands, rock crevices or on open ground. This flower grows best in full sun with dry soil and limited moisture.

Ghost Flower

Ghost flower is the common name for Mohavea confertiflora, a drought-tolerant annual flower that grows in the western and southwestern regions of the United States. Preferring dry or poor soil and limited moisture, the ghost flower can grow on rocky slopes, in deserts and in sandy or gravelly ground. Growing up to 16 inches high, it has long and hairy leaves and flowers that are translucent. Petals are cream-coloured or yellow and have pink or purple dots inside. Ghost flowers bloom from February to April.

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