24 Different Mexican Plants (Including Photos)

Mexico is a country that’s famous for its spicy cuisine, vibrant culture, and stunningly sunny landscapes.

However, many people don’t realize that many beautiful plants are also native to this warm country. The desert environment is home to gorgeous scrubs, often super hardy.

24 Different Mexican Plants (Including Photos)

Even if you don’t have a climate that’s as hot as Mexico, you can still enjoy the exotic vibe in your own place.

There are flowers, palms, cacti, succulents, and perennials, which can be planted in different landscapes to bring this Mexican effect. But, unfortunately, if you want to learn more about these plants, it can be a drag to do the research.

Absorbing more and more information about these species can leave you feeling exhausted and giving up on your gardening dreams altogether.

We’re here to stop this from happening, so you’re in luck! We’ve studied the internet’s plant knowledge, handpicking golden nuggets that we believe will be helpful.

To put this research together, we’ve written the following article so that the information is super accessible for you. Below we’ve included handy facts, stunning images, and inspiring content to support you on your gardening journey. Read on!

1. Maguey

Maguey

The Maguey plant is so Mexican that it’s where tequila, pulque, and mezcal come from! This plant has spiky leaves that can grow up to 2 meters high, which is ideal for those looking for a hardy plant and have a warm climate.

2. Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia Diversifolia) 

Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia Diversifolia)

The Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia) is brilliant for those that want bright golden yellow blossoms, which are super attractive to pollinators, including butterflies. This species of flowers from Summer to Fall, shining between pointed dark green leaves that sit in between the sunny blooms.

3. Laelia Orchid (Laelia Rubescens) 

Laelia Orchid (Laelia Rubescens)

The Laelia Orchid (Laelia rubescens) is a super resilient plant that can produce its light purple flowers when placed in a rocky area. As if this isn’t cool enough, the Laelia Orchid blossoms all year round, so you can enjoy these vibrant pointed petals no matter whether it’s cold outside.

4. Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia Spicigera) 

Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia Spicigera)

The Mexican Honeysuckle (Justicia spicigera) is bright orange with spiky petals that stick out between broad shiny, light green foliage, making it an excellent ground cover. In addition, the flowers are super fragrant. They are attractive to many pollinators, which is ideal for supporting the local environment.

5. Pineapple Sage (Salvia Elegans) 

Pineapple Sage (Salvia Elegans)

If you’re searching for a bold species that will add structure and height to your landscape, we recommend getting yourself Pineapple Sage (Salvia Elegans). The flowers this plant produces are vibrant red with pointed light green foliage, which can add flavor to dishes when it’s crushed.

6. Poinsettia (Euphorbia Pulcherrima) 

Poinsettia (Euphorbia Pulcherrima)

The Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a Christmas plant that grows bright red leaves that fan out around golden yellow centers. The flowers bloom from Fall to Early Winter, which means that you can brighten up your garden even in the colder months.

7. Mexican Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana) 

Mexican Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

The Mexican Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana) creates incredibly intricate, white, violet, and yellow flowers with long thin petals. These blossoms emit a fragrant scent, and as if that wasn’t cool enough, the plant produces passion fruit, which means that it is super versatile.

8. Mexican Marigold (Targetes Erecta) 

Mexican Marigold (Targetes Erecta)

The Mexican Marigold (Tagetes erecta) is used in the Mexican traditional holiday Day of the Dead, which adds golden flowery beauty to this cultural celebration. The fluffy and frilly yellow-orange flowers pop like natural pom poms in between long fanning green foliage. 

9. Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos Atrosanguineus)

Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos Atrosanguineus)

As the name suggests, the Chocolate Cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) has a cocoa fragrance from burgundy and dark brown petals. These colorful flowers are an eye-catching way to bring warmth to a gardening scheme, perfect for those who want a delicate edge to their landscape.

10. Sword Lily (Gladioli) 

Sword Lily (Gladioli)

The Sword Lily (Gladioli) has flowers that come in many different tones that blossom in trumpeting shapes, including pink, yellow, and red blooms. This plant reaches skyward with green foliage ideal for bringing structure to flower beds, which can be picked for the Day of the Dead tradition.

11. Mexican Poppy (Argemone Ochroleuca) 

Mexican Poppy (Argemone Ochroleuca)

Like the red poppy famous for being a symbol for Remembrance Day, the Mexican Poppy (Argemone Ochroleuca) makes a statement because it has orange-yellow petals. These flowers sit atop light green stems, which allows them to flutter in the wind when they’re in suitable soil conditions.

12. Dahlia (Dahlia Pinnata) 

Dahlia (Dahlia Pinnata)

The Dahlia (Dahlia Pinnata) has super characteristic flowers with many-layered petals in a rounded shape above shiny foliage.

In addition, the blossoms have super-defined sections, which are ideal for those that like their landscaping to look super neat because they’ll bring ombre organization to any suitable space.

13. Birds Of Paradise (Strelitzia Reginae) 

Birds Of Paradise (Strelitzia Reginae)

As the name suggests, the Birds of Paradise (Strelitzia Reginae) looks like the head of a bird that has super vibrant orange features. The spiky petals fan out atop the light green stems, and the pointed leafy part looks like a beak on a super exotic Mexican winged creature.

14. Yucca Flower (Yucca Baccata) 

Yucca Flower (Yucca Baccata)

The succulent Yucca Flower (Yucca Baccata) has banana-shaped fruit with bright white teardrop flowers in the middle of spiky fanning foliage. In addition, this species smells delightful, and sections can even be eaten, so you can be sure you’ll be getting your money’s worth if you buy this plant.

15. Mexican Frangipani

Mexican Frangipani

The Mexican Frangipani has swirling snow-white and light yellow ombre flowers, which sit in sections between broad foliage on this plant that can grow to 8 meters tall. This species looks particularly exotic, producing an equally tropical smell that can be a great addition to a sensory garden.

16. Coral Vine

Coral Vine

The Coral Vine is a bushy, evergreen species, so it is an ideal option for using to fill a bare space in your garden because it can grow to 3 meters tall. The hot pink flowers are dotted across the foliage, which is a brilliant way to cover an ugly building, gazebo, wall, or arch.

17. Ahueheuete

Ahueheuete

The Ahueheuete originates from Mexico and can grow mammoth-wide trunks that create eye-catching features to any landscape!

To care for this plant, make sure it’s in a place with access to water aplenty as it usually grows beside different natural water sources, which is ideal for those who don’t live in super hot climates.

18. Mexipedium Xerophyticum

The Mexipedium Xerophyticum is perfect for those who want some Mexican beauty without nurturing a supermassive plant because it produces delicate light pink and white blossoms. To encourage this species, make sure it has partial sunlight, pretty dry soil, and rocky conditions.

19. Dwarf Mexican Petunia 

Dwarf Mexican Petunia

This species produces gorgeous fluttery and trumpeting flowers that sit in between long spiky green foliage, making it a striking addition to a landscaping scheme.

In addition, this plant adores getting tons of UV Rays with slightly wet soil and occasional fertilizing, which helps it produce its well-known showy blooms.

20. Mexican Sycamore (Platanus Mexicana) 

The Mexican Sycamore (Platanus Mexicana) is a huge tree that can grow more than 30 feet high into the air, making it excellent for casting shade. The foliage is muted green shades that sprout from silver bark fantastic at proliferating.

21. Mexican Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium) 

Mexican Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium)

The adorably named Mexican Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium) is as elegant as it sounds, creating dark pink flowers that look like little pointed shoes. This plant is from the orchid family, which means it can survive in rocky conditions and has a solid yet gentle light green stem. 

22. Mexican Hat Flower (Ratibida Columnifera) 

Mexican Hat Flower (Ratibida Columnifera)

The appropriately named Mexican Hat Flower (Ratibida columnifera) has blossomed with dark brown cylindrical centers with soft and thin yellow petals fanning beneath. The flowers look like little straw hats at their peak in summer’s height, bringing structure to any suitable garden space.

23. Mexican Morning Glory (Ipomoea Hederacea)

Mexican Morning Glory (Ipomoea Hederacea)

The Mexican Morning Glory (Ipomoea hederacea) has vibrant blue, ombre, and yellow trumpeting flowers, between light green foliage. The blossoms appear in summer and last until fall, which means you can sit outside in your landscaping space and enjoy their astounding vibrancy.

24. Genetian Sage (Salvia Patens) 

Genetian Sage (Salvia Patens)

This perennial has deep blue flowers popular with hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. So, if you want to attract these pretty species to your garden, we recommend planting the Genetian Sage (Salvia patens).

Conclusion

Mexico has many gorgeous native plant species that can suit many different tastes. We adore that whether you’re looking for bright blossoms, pretty perennials, or towering trees, you can find Mexican ones that will thrive in your outdoor space.

Our personal favorite is the Bird of Paradise because it has a bold silhouette and cheerful orange flowers.

If you’re looking for more information about beautiful plants, we’ve got you covered elsewhere on the blog. We’ve got a range of exciting content that will give you the concise facts you’re after. Happy landscaping! 

Morgan Daniels

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