The desert hyacinth is also known as fox radish and the botanical name is Cistanche tubulosa. The plant is actually a fascinating desert plant that produces tall, pyramid-shaped spikes of dazzling yellow blooms during the spring months. What actually makes the plants so interesting? According to some garden experts, the desert hyacinth plants manage to survive in extremely punishing conditions by parasitizing other desert plants. Continue reading to learn more about the desert hyacinth plants.


Growing Desert Hyacinth Plant

The desert hyacinth plants thrive in climates that receive as little as eight inches of water per year, generally during the winter months. The soil is generally sandy and salty in nature. Since the desert hyacinth plants is unable to synthesize chlorophyll, the plant displays no green parts, and the flower extends from a single, whitish stalk. The desert hyacinth plant survives by sucking water and nutrients from saltbush and other desert plants via a thin root extending from an underground tuber. The plant root can stretch to other plants several feet (or meters) away.  

Furthermore, the desert hyacinth plants is found in many of the world’s deserts, including the Taklamakan Desert in northwest China, the Negev Desert in Israel, the Arabian Gulf Coast, and the arid regions of Pakistan, Rajasthan, and Punjab. Traditionally, the desert hyacinth plant has been used to treat a range of conditions, including constipation, high blood pressure, contusions, low fertility, memory problems, and fatigue. The plants is often dried to a powder and then mixed with camel’s milk. The desert hyacinth plants is a rare and endangered species, but unless you can provide the ideal growing conditions, the cultivation of the plant in a home garden is extremely too difficult. 

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