Bottlebrush plants (Callistemon) get their common name from their bristly and typically red flowers that look like a traditional bottle brush. The plants mostly flower in the spring and summer. They grow at a moderate rate and can be planted at any point during the growing season in their hardiness zones. They have an upright growth habit with fairly short, narrow leaves. Plus, they're popular desert perennials because they're colorful, inexpensive, low-maintenance, drought-resistant, and readily available.