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Desert Plants

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

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Gopher Spurge (4 of 11)

Plant in full sun
Plant in rich but well-drained soil, drought tolerant
All parts of the plant are poisonous and the milky sap can be irritating
Height: 10-12 inches; Width: 18-24 inches
Hardy in USDA zones 9-11:
Zones 2-8: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; mulch in fall; may be killed in temperatures below 20 degrees.
Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; mulch in fall; may be killed in temperatures below 20 degrees.
Zone 10: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; mulch in fall.
Zone 11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; mulch in fall.

Plumbago auriculata - Leadwort
Sprawling evergreen shrub with light-green foliage and sky-blue flowers resembling phlox
Plant in full sun for best flowering
Plant in rich but well-drained soil; prune while dormant in winter
Height: 10-12 inches; Width: 18-24 inches
Hardy in USDA zones (8)9-11:
Zones 2-7: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; mulch in fall; will survive light frosts but not a hard freeze.
Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; mulch in fall; will survive light frosts, but not a hard freeze; marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; mulch in fall.
Zone 10: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; mulch in fall.
Zone 11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; mulch in fall.

Ruellia brittoniana – Mexican Petunia
Upright tender perennial with narrow leaves and light-pink flowers in summer
Plant in full sun to partial shade; invasive weed in warmer climates
Plant in moist well-drained soil
Height: 3-4 feet; Width: 3-4 feet
Grown as an annual in zones 2-7
Hardy in USDA zones 8-11:
Zones 2-7: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; remove after first killing frost.
Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch to conserve moisture; prune back in late winter; deadhead to prevent seeding.
Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch to conserve moisture; prune back in late winter; deadhead to prevent seeding.
Zone 10: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch to conserve moisture; prune back in late winter; deadhead to prevent seeding.
Zone 11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch to conserve moisture; prune back in late winter; deadhead to prevent seeding.

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