Deserts in the United States are home to many species of flowering shrubs, from the yellow-flowering creosote bush to the purple blooms of the Texas mountain laurel. A few non-native flowering shrubs that grow well in the desert are the pineapple guava and desert bird of paradise.
Moon Valley Nurseries of Las Vegas lists several flowering shrubs that perform well in desert regions. The desert, Mexican and red Mexican bird of paradise shrubs, Caesalpinia, grow so well in the desert that they have naturalized in many areas of the Southwest. Calliandra, also known as fairy dusters, produce fluffy pink or red brush-like flowers. The lavender-colored flowers of the Texas ranger, or sage, emit a grape bubble gum fragrance.
The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association recommends planting low-water flowering shrubs such as jojoba, creosote bush and chuparosa.
Like many other native desert plants, jojoba grows slowly to about 6 feet tall. Although its flowers are not especially showy, it produces fruit that contains liquid wax used in many beauty products.
Creosote bushes give the desert its distinctive fragrance after rain. Creosote grows to 6 feet and makes a good informal screen.
The Sonoran desert native chuparosa's red tubular flowers make it a favorite for hummingbirds. Chuparosas are semi-evergreen and reach 4 feet tall at maturity.