Drought Resistant Perennials - Waterwise

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Drought Resistant Perennials - Waterwise

Our drought resistant perennials (waterwise, xeric plants) are selected for their colorful flowers, interesting foliage, durable low-care garden performance, and habitat friendly nature. Our drought resistant plants list their water needs; sort by our filters at left to match the amount of annual rainfall typical to your region. Note: All perennials will need supplemental irrigation to get established. Learn more: Water Saving Gardening Tips.

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  1. Papaver orientale Brilliant

    Brilliant Oriental Poppy was made famous by New Mexico artist Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings. Papaver orientale Brilliant blooms in late spring with huge scarlet-orange flowers and is ...

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    Brilliant Oriental Poppy Brilliant Oriental Poppy Papaver orientale Brilliant
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Brilliant Oriental Poppy was made famous by New Mexico artist Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings. Papaver orientale Brilliant blooms in late spring with huge scarlet-orange flowers and is an outstanding variety.
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  2. Butterfly Weed, Milkweed

    Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a must-have for the pollinator garden with clusters of bright orange flowers in summer. This native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and...

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    Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a must-have for the pollinator garden with clusters of bright orange flowers in summer. This native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soils. Asclepias is an important nectar source for Monarch butterflies and the sole host plant for Monarch caterpillars. Drought resistant/drought tolerant (xeric).
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  3. Nepeta faassenii Select Blue

    Nepeta 'Select Blue' (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the first flush of...

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    Select Blue Nepeta Select Blue Catmint Nepeta faassenii Select Blue
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Nepeta 'Select Blue' (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the first flush of flowers comes in late spring, and again later in summer. A long-lived, easily grown perennial, this is an excellent plant for beginners.
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  4. Yellow Coreopsis verticillata Zagreb, Coreopsis verticilliata Zagreb, Zagreb Whorled Tickseed

    12-18" tall x 18-24" wide. Coreopsis 'Zagreb' is a long blooming, easy-to-grow perennial with a big display of brilliant golden-yellow flowers beginning in late spring. Drought resis...

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    Zagreb Coreopsis Zagreb Whorled Tickseed Coreopsis verticilliata Zagreb
    As low as $10.99 Sale $8.79
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    12-18" tall x 18-24" wide. Coreopsis 'Zagreb' is a long blooming, easy-to-grow perennial with a big display of brilliant golden-yellow flowers beginning in late spring. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  5. Nepeta Walker's Low, Walker's Low Catmint

    Nepeta Walker's Low (Walker's Low Catmint) is a robust variety with dark lavender-blue flowers in late spring and aromatic gray-green foliage. Thriving in harsh conditions, this dur...

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    Walker's Low Nepeta Walker's Low Catmint Nepeta Walker's Low
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Nepeta Walker's Low (Walker's Low Catmint) is a robust variety with dark lavender-blue flowers in late spring and aromatic gray-green foliage. Thriving in harsh conditions, this durable, rabbit and deer resistant perennial plant is an indispensable for use in xeriscapes. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).
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  6. Silver Artemisia Powis Castle, Artemisia Powis Castle, Silver Sage close up by customer Mike D.

    Powis Castle is a superb foliage plant with finely textured silver-gray foliage and an attractive mounding habit. Use this plant to accentuate ornamental grasses and other perennials...

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    Powis Castle Artemisia Powis Castle Silver Sage Artemisia Powis Castle
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Powis Castle is a superb foliage plant with finely textured silver-gray foliage and an attractive mounding habit. Use this plant to accentuate ornamental grasses and other perennials with differently colored foliage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  7. Hymenoxys hoopesii, Owl's Claws, Orange Sneezeweed, close up of  huge golden-yellow flowers

    Owl's Claw (Hymenoxys hoopesii) is a fabulous native mountain wildflower with huge golden-yellow flowers in summer. With its long, downward curving golden-yellow flower petals and ce...

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    Owl's Claws (Hymenoxys) Owl's Claws, Orange Sneezeweed Hymenoxys hoopesii
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    Owl's Claw (Hymenoxys hoopesii) is a fabulous native mountain wildflower with huge golden-yellow flowers in summer. With its long, downward curving golden-yellow flower petals and center cone, the graceful flowers are eye-catching. Highly attractive to many types of butterflies and bees, this durable perennial likes average to wet soil moisture and cool growing conditions, not for hot climates.
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  8. Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker (Lunas Form of Giant Sacaton Grass) is the largest of all our native grasses growing to enormous size at maturity. Blooming in mid-summer, the flower...

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    Windbreaker Giant Sacaton Grass Giant Sacaton Grass Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker (Los Lunas Form)
    As low as $10.99 Sale $8.24
    Per Plant - 3.25" Pot
    Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker (Lunas Form of Giant Sacaton Grass) is the largest of all our native grasses growing to enormous size at maturity. Blooming in mid-summer, the flower spikes vary in color from blonde to bronze. This ornamental grass is a drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric). Exclusive.
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  9. Solidago sphacelata Golden Fleece

    Golden Fleece is a small growing goldenrod with sprays of arching golden-yellow flower spikes in late summer. A strong but compact plant, it is a great companion planted in front of ...

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    Golden Fleece Goldenrod (Solidago) Golden Fleece Dwarf Goldenrod Solidago sphacelata Golden Fleece
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Golden Fleece is a small growing goldenrod with sprays of arching golden-yellow flower spikes in late summer. A strong but compact plant, it is a great companion planted in front of taller, late blooming perennials. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  10. Penstemon barbatus Elfin Pink Close Up Photo Courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    Elfin Pink is a showy beardtongue with tall, late spring blooming spikes of bright pink flowers. 'Elfin Pink' is more tolerant of richer soils and moister conditions than most bea...

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    Elfin Pink Penstemon Elfin Pink Beardtongue Penstemon barbatus Elfin Pink
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Elfin Pink is a showy beardtongue with tall, late spring blooming spikes of bright pink flowers. 'Elfin Pink' is more tolerant of richer soils and moister conditions than most beardtongues making it a great choice for much of the U.S. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  11. Star Frost Echinops frosty white circular blooms, Echinops 'Star Frost', Echinops bannaticus

    ‘Star Frost’ Echinops (Echinops bannaticus), also called Globe Thistle, is an eye-popping beauty in frosty white with spherical flowers on sturdy stems. Rising from thistle-like ...

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    Star Frost Echinops Star Frost Globe Thistle Echinops bannaticus Star Frost
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    ‘Star Frost’ Echinops (Echinops bannaticus), also called Globe Thistle, is an eye-popping beauty in frosty white with spherical flowers on sturdy stems. Rising from thistle-like deep green leaves with silvery undersides, ‘Star Frost’ will bloom from mid-summer to early fall. Plant them in a sweep for dramatic effect. At 3-4 feet tall they are just right for a perennial bed, cutting garden, or pollinator garden - bees and butterflies love them too.
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  12. Yellow Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum Kanah Creek, Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum, Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat

    Kannah Creek Buckwheat hails from western Colorado. With a showy display of yellow flowers in late spring, the flowers age to shades of orange and rust by late summer, providing mont...

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    Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum Kannah Creek
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Kannah Creek Buckwheat hails from western Colorado. With a showy display of yellow flowers in late spring, the flowers age to shades of orange and rust by late summer, providing months of low care color. A 2007 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  13. Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium)

    Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) is a beautifully unusual plant with white, ball-shaped flowers and long strap-like foliage; highly attractive to and butterflies and native ...

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    Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium) Rattlesnake Master Eryngium yuccifolium
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) is a beautifully unusual plant with white, ball-shaped flowers and long strap-like foliage; highly attractive to and butterflies and native bees. Native the Midwestern prairies.
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  14. Phlomis cashmeriana photo courtesy of Plant Select

    Kashmir Sage is an amazingly beautiful plant with showy spires of bright lavender-pink flowers. The huge leaves and stately flower spikes give the perennial great architectural value...

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    Kashmir False Sage (Phlomis) Kashmir False Sage Phlomis cashmeriana
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Kashmir Sage is an amazingly beautiful plant with showy spires of bright lavender-pink flowers. The huge leaves and stately flower spikes give the perennial great architectural value in the waterwise landscape. A 2004 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  15. Red and Orange Delosperma Red Mountain® Flame, Delosperma x PWWG0S, Red Mountainand Flame Cold Hardy Ice Plant

    Delosperma Red Mountain® Flame is a tough, vigorous cold hardy Ice Plant with large blazing orange-red flowers in late spring and early summer. Delosperma Red Mountain Flame Ice ...

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    Red Mountain® Flame Ice Plant Red Mountain® Flame Hardy Ice Plant Delosperma x PWWG02S
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Delosperma Red Mountain® Flame is a tough, vigorous cold hardy Ice Plant with large blazing orange-red flowers in late spring and early summer. Delosperma Red Mountain Flame Ice Plant is a Plant Select award winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  16. Three-Leaf Sumac (Rhus)

    Three leaf sumac is a tough colorful native shrub with chartreuse spring flowers, red summer ripening fruit and colorful fall foliage in shades of yellow, orange and red. Drought res...

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    Three-Leaf Sumac (Rhus) Three-Leaf Sumac Rhus trilobata
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Three leaf sumac is a tough colorful native shrub with chartreuse spring flowers, red summer ripening fruit and colorful fall foliage in shades of yellow, orange and red. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  17. Yellow Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow, Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow, Yellow Pineleaf Penstemon

    Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow (Yellow Pineleaf Beardtongue) is an English selection of our native pineleaf Penstemon grown for its bright yellow tubular flowers that cover the p...

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    Yellow Pineleaf Penstemon Yellow Pineleaf Beardtongue Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Penstemon pinifolius Mersea Yellow (Yellow Pineleaf Beardtongue) is an English selection of our native pineleaf Penstemon grown for its bright yellow tubular flowers that cover the plant in late spring/early summer. This small shrub has attractive evergreen, pine-needle like foliage and a tidy mounding for. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 12" tall x 15" wide
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  18. Agastache Kudos™ Ambrosia, Hummingbird Mint Hyssop, Photo courtesy of TERRA NOVA® Nurseries, Inc.

    Agastache Kudos Ambrosia (Hummingbird Mint Hyssop) is a compact-growing Agastache hybrid, with long-blooming flower spikes in a delightful changing color mix of creamy coconut, pale ...

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    Kudos™ Ambrosia Agastache Kudos™ Ambrosia Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache Kudos™ Ambrosia PP#25,614
    As low as $12.99 Sale $9.74
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Agastache Kudos Ambrosia (Hummingbird Mint Hyssop) is a compact-growing Agastache hybrid, with long-blooming flower spikes in a delightful changing color mix of creamy coconut, pale orange and light rose-pink. Blooms early summer through September. Highly attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.
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  19. Cerastium tomentosum, Jumbo Snow-in-Summer

    This jumbo snow-in-summer has large stems and leaves and was discovered growing in a Santa Fe, NM. Its larger size and vigor make it an excellent lawn substitute, producing a carpet ...

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    Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium) Snow-in-Summer Cerastium tomentosum
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    This jumbo snow-in-summer has large stems and leaves and was discovered growing in a Santa Fe, NM. Its larger size and vigor make it an excellent lawn substitute, producing a carpet of white blooms in late spring. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 4-5" x 15-18" wide.
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  20. Viking Black Chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa

    Viking Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) is an attractive medium-sized shrub with prolific spring flowers, attractive edible purple fruit and outstanding red fall foliage....

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    Viking Black Chokeberry (Aronia) Viking Black Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa Viking
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Viking Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) is an attractive medium-sized shrub with prolific spring flowers, attractive edible purple fruit and outstanding red fall foliage.
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  21. Prince of Orange Oriental Poppy

    'Prince of Orange' Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale 'Prince of Orange') has huge bright-orange flowers with crepe paper-like petals that light up the late spring garden. It is easy-...

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    Prince of Orange Oriental Poppy Prince of Orange Oriental Poppy Papaver orientale Prince of Orange
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    'Prince of Orange' Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale 'Prince of Orange') has huge bright-orange flowers with crepe paper-like petals that light up the late spring garden. It is easy-to-grow and long lived. It thrives in clay and loves cold winters.
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  22. Delosperma Granita® Orange, Granita® Orange Iceplant

    Granita® Orange Cold Hardy Ice Plant (Delosperma) blooms in mid- to late spring with stunning pure orange flowers which sit right on top of its tidy mat of evergreen foliage....

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    Granita® Orange Ice Plant Granita® Orange Cold Hardy Ice Plant Delosperma Granita® Orange
    As low as $8.99 Sale $6.74
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Granita® Orange Cold Hardy Ice Plant (Delosperma) blooms in mid- to late spring with stunning pure orange flowers which sit right on top of its tidy mat of evergreen foliage.
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  23. Iris germanica Sugar Blues

    Sugar Blues Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a reblooming iris with wisteria-blue petals and a sweet fragrance. 36-38”, this reblooming tall iris will bloom in late spring and agai...

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    Sugar Blues Reblooming Bearded Iris Sugar Blues Reblooming Bearded Iris Iris germanica Sugar Blues
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    Sugar Blues Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a reblooming iris with wisteria-blue petals and a sweet fragrance. 36-38”, this reblooming tall iris will bloom in late spring and again in late summer/fall. Deer resistant, drought resistant, very cold hardy.
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  24. Gazania linearis Colorado Gold, Photo by David Staats

    Gazania Colorado Gold® (Colorado Gold® Treasure Flower) is a long-blooming, cold hardy perennial that covers itself with bright-yellow daisy-type flowers....

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    Colorado Gold® Gazania Colorado Gold® Treasure Flower Gazania linearis P004S Colorado Gold®
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    Gazania Colorado Gold® (Colorado Gold® Treasure Flower) is a long-blooming, cold hardy perennial that covers itself with bright-yellow daisy-type flowers.
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