February Plants of the Month - Wildflowers!

The rain finally came. After a very warm and dry winter, we finally have some significant rainfall and moisture. And along with spring rain comes wildflowers!

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Wildflowers provide a pop of color to your yard while also providing nectar for pollinators. Most wildflowers will do well with only rainfall, but for best performance they should be watered during extended droughts, like the one we had this winter.

Wildflowers are very easy to add to your own yard. There are some nurseries that sell small wildflower plants, but the best way to create a wildflower garden is to start from seed. Seeds need to be planted a few months in advance. While it's a little too late to plant spring wildflower seeds, now is a great time to prepare your yard for monsoon wildflowers. Wildflowers generally prefer full sun. Most will die off or drop leaves during the hottest part of the year. Fortunately most of these will reseed and return to your yard anually.

Here are four quintessential Sonoran Desert Wildflowers:

 Parry's Penstemon

Parry's Penstemon

 Desert Marigold

Desert Marigold

 Mexican Gold Poppy

Mexican Gold Poppy

 Desert Globe Mallow

Desert Globe Mallow

Native Seed Search is a great place to purchase these and many more wildflowers. We recommend buying a variety pack of seeds to get a variety of flowers.

 Brittlebush is another great wildflower

Brittlebush is another great wildflower