The desert might seem like a dry, dead place, but don’t let the scorching summer temps fool you — its thriving with plants that have been used in holistic medicine for centuries.
The Sonoran Desert is full of diverse plants and animals thanks to the mild winters and monsoon summers that give life to a plethora of painfully poky and beautifully colored plants not found in other deserts across the world.
With more than 3,500 native plant species, the Sonoran Desert has the most plant life north of the tropics. Some of the common types of plants in the Sonoran Desert include cholla, prickly pear cactus, mesquite, ironwood, and palo verde. In such desolate conditions, cacti fruits ensure the abundant wildlife a reliable food source. In contrast, mesquite and palo verde trees provide must-have shade for our feathered, furry, and scaly friends.