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Desert Plants

Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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mexican fence post is an evergreen cactus
Photo 1 of 11Evergreen cactus with ribbed columnar treelike green stems covered in thorns with pink nocturnal flowers

Mexican Fence Post (1 of 11)

Plant in full sun in average soil that is well drained
Height: 5-12 feet; Width: 3 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 9-11:
Zones 2-8: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; grow as an annual or bring indoors in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established; may be damaged or killed in temperatures below 25.
Zone 10: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established.
Zone 11: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established.

Bougainvillea x buttiana 'Rosenka' – Rosenka Bougainvillea
Evergreen sprawling shrub with orange brachts/flowers that fade to pink
Plant in full sun in average soil that is well drained
Fertilize regularly with water-based fertilizers
Height: 3-4 feet; Width: 4-6 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 9-11:
Zones 2-8: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; grow as an annual or bring indoors in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established; may be damaged or killed in temperatures below 25.
Zone 10: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established.
Zone 11: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established.

Agave angustifolia 'Marginata' – Narrow Leaf Variegated Agave
Evergreen succulent with variegated upright "spiky" foliage and green/yellow blooms
Plant in full sun in average soil that is well drained
Height: 3-5 feet; Width: 6-8 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 9-11:
Zones 2-8: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; grow as an annual or bring indoors in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established; may be damaged or killed in temperatures below 25.
Zone 10: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established.
Zone 11: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established.

Bougainvillea x buttiana 'Raspberry Ice' – Raspberry Ice Bougainvillea
Evergreen sprawling shrub with variegated foliage and fuchsia brachts/flowers
Plant in full sun in average soil that is well drained
Fertilize regularly with water-based fertilizers
Height: 3-4 feet; Width: 4-6 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 9-11:
Zones 2-8: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; grow as an annual or bring indoors in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established; may be damaged or killed in temperatures below 25.
Zone 10: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established.
Zone 11: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established.

Bougainvillea x buttiana 'Royal Purple' – Royal Purple Bougainvillea
Evergreen sprawling shrub with deep-green foliage and purple bracht/flowers
Plant in full sun in average soil that is well drained
Fertilize regularly with water-based fertilizers
Height: 2-4 feet; Width: 2-3 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 9-11:
Zones 2-8: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; grow as an annual or bring indoors in fall.
Zone 9: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established; may be damaged or killed in temperatures below 25.
Zone 10: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established.
Zone 11: Plant in fall or early spring; water during dry spells until established.

Next Photo: Barbara Karst Bougainvillea

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