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Our waterwise plants (drought resistant, xeric plants) are selected for their colorful flowers, interesting foliage, durable low-care garden performance, and habitat friendly nature. Note: All perennials will need supplemental irrigation to get established. Learn more: Water Saving Gardening Tips.

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  1. Red Achillea millefolium Red Velvet, Red Velvet Yarrow

    Red Velvet is one of the best with it deep rose-red, flat-topped flower heads that hold their color. Deep green, fine textured foliage, this yarrow is sure to attract butterflies whe...

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    Red Velvet Yarrow Red Velvet Yarrow Achillea millefolium Red Velvet
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Red Velvet is one of the best with it deep rose-red, flat-topped flower heads that hold their color. Deep green, fine textured foliage, this yarrow is sure to attract butterflies wherever it's planted. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  2. Pink Teucrium aroanium, Teucrium aroanium, Gray Creeping Germander

    2-3" tall x 18-24" wide. Gray creeping germander blooms with fragrant honey scented pink flowers in summer that are held over equally fragrant thin linear gray leaves. The plant is ...

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    Gray Creeping Germander (Teucrium) Gray Creeping Germander Teucrium aroanium
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    2-3" tall x 18-24" wide. Gray creeping germander blooms with fragrant honey scented pink flowers in summer that are held over equally fragrant thin linear gray leaves. The plant is an excellent small scale groundcover for hot, sunny sites in well drained soil. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  3. Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition, Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

    Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048) is a native ornamental grass with a completely new look. The horizontal eyelash-like chartreuse flower...

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    Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot

    Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048) is a native ornamental grass with a completely new look. The horizontal eyelash-like chartreuse flowers appear in mid-summer and age to blonde seed heads by fall. They are held on the plant right through the winter to provide many months of interest. 2011 Plant of The Year

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  4. Arenaria Wallowa Mountains (Desert Moss) Plant Select Photo

    Arenaria is a great groundcover plant with tiny bright green evergreen leaves. Looks great as a crack filler between flagstone and paving stones. Images courtesy of Plant Select. Dr...

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    Wallowa Mountains Sandwort (Arenaria) Wallowa Mountains Mossy Sandwort Arenaria Wallowa Mountains
    As low as $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Arenaria is a great groundcover plant with tiny bright green evergreen leaves. Looks great as a crack filler between flagstone and paving stones. Images courtesy of Plant Select. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  5. Achillea filipendulina Coronation Gold Yarrow Close Up

    36" tall x 24" wide. Coronation Gold is a vigorous tall growing yarrow with large flat deep golden-yellow flower heads. This non-reseeding variety blooms all summer and thrives with...

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    Coronation Gold Yarrow Coronation Gold Yarrow Achillea filipendulina Coronation Gold
    $9.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    36" tall x 24" wide. Coronation Gold is a vigorous tall growing yarrow with large flat deep golden-yellow flower heads. This non-reseeding variety blooms all summer and thrives with heat and sun in any soil including clay. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  6. Prunus besseyi ‘PS’ (Pawnee Buttes) Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    An outstanding selection of our western native sand cherry, Pawnee Buttes® is a low growing, groundcover shrub with a profusion of fragrant white flowers in early spring and show...

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    Pawnee Buttes® Sand Cherry (Prunus) Pawnee Buttes® Sand Cherry Prunus besseyi P011S
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    An outstanding selection of our western native sand cherry, Pawnee Buttes® is a low growing, groundcover shrub with a profusion of fragrant white flowers in early spring and showy mahogany-red foliage in the fall. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant. Prunus besseyi P011S is a 2000 Plant Select® introduction. 12-18" tall x 4-6' wide.
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  7. Forestiera neomexicana Berry Girl

    New Mexico Privet is an attractive multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with ornamental white bark and brilliant yellow fall foliage. ‘Berry Girl’ is a female plant that sets a huge...

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    Berry Girl New Mexico Privet Berry Girl New Mexico Privet Forestiera neomexicana Berry Girl
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    New Mexico Privet is an attractive multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with ornamental white bark and brilliant yellow fall foliage. ‘Berry Girl’ is a female plant that sets a huge fall crop of dark purple berries eagerly eaten by song birds. You will need a female and male plant if you wish to get berries: See Forestiera neomexicana 'Happy Boy.' Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  8. New Snow Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea New Snow, Small white flowers on tall upright stems

    New Snow Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) has attractive silver-gray wooly foliage and clusters of tiny white flowers held on top of tall, upright stems. This native plant...

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    New Snow Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis) New Snow Pearly Everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea New Snow
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    New Snow Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) has attractive silver-gray wooly foliage and clusters of tiny white flowers held on top of tall, upright stems. This native plant is highly attractive to butterflies. Resilient and easy to grow, it’s excellent for use in meadows and perennial pollinator-friendly gardens with dry, poor soil. Drought tolerant.
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  9. Giant Sulphur Buckwheat, Eriogonum umbellatum var. devestivum, growing on mountainside

    A showy display of bright yellow flower clusters in late summer to early fall distinguishes Giant Sulphur Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) from all others. This durable, drought tole...

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    Giant Sulphur Buckwheat Giant Sulphur Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum var. devestivum
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    A showy display of bright yellow flower clusters in late summer to early fall distinguishes Giant Sulphur Buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) from all others. This durable, drought tolerant shrub is especially valuable as a late season nectar source for bees and butterflies. Native to the Great Basin of the western US, this very xeric and long-lived Buckwheat can thrive for decades in your landscape.
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  10. Little Rascal Sulphur Buckwheat, Eriogonum allenii 'Little Rascal'

    Huge, flat-topped flower clusters create a dome of bright yellow color over the large attractive gray-green leaves of 'Little Rascal' Buckwheat (Eriogonum allenii). Blooming througho...

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    Little Rascal Sulphur Buckwheat Little Rascal Sulphur Buckwheat Eriogonum allenii Little Rascal
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Huge, flat-topped flower clusters create a dome of bright yellow color over the large attractive gray-green leaves of 'Little Rascal' Buckwheat (Eriogonum allenii). Blooming throughout the summer and into fall, it is highly attractive to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. This low-care buckwheat is more moisture tolerant than most and can be grown across much of the US when planted in full sun and well drained soils.
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  11. Sideoats Grama Grass,  Bouteloua curtipendula

    Sideoats Grama Grass (Bouteloua curtipendula) is a superb native grama grass that thrives in hot, dry gardens, where its showy summer flower spikes add grace and texture. Our strain ...

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    Sideoats Grama Grass Sideoats Grama Grass Bouteloua curtipendula
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Sideoats Grama Grass (Bouteloua curtipendula) is a superb native grama grass that thrives in hot, dry gardens, where its showy summer flower spikes add grace and texture. Our strain has blue foliage that contrasts nicely with the mid-summer tan flowers, which mature to off-white seed heads in early fall. It's a very attractive winter grass with finely tapered, light-catching flower stems.
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  12. Trinidad Yucca with ivory colored flowers, Plains Yucca,  Yucca glauca

    Trinidad Yucca (Yucca glauca) is an attractive native evergreen succulent that blooms in late spring. Large ivory colored flowers held over on stiff spikes of blue-gray foliage. Our ...

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    Trinidad Yucca Trinidad Yucca Yucca glauca Trinidad
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Trinidad Yucca (Yucca glauca) is an attractive native evergreen succulent that blooms in late spring. Large ivory colored flowers held over on stiff spikes of blue-gray foliage. Our durable, cold-hardy Yucca comes from the high plains of south-central Colorado, where the wind never stops and the winters are brutally cold. Plains Yucca is a tough native succulent that is both beautiful and long lived, and highly deer and rabbit resistant.
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  13. Sedum seboldii October Daphne, October Daphne Stonecrop

    Sedum seboldii October Daphne’s unique and beautiful foliage provides contrasting color and texture when planted with small ornamental grasses and various lavender varieties. This ...

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    October Daphne Sedum October Daphne Stonecrop Sedum seboldii October Daphne
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Sedum seboldii October Daphne’s unique and beautiful foliage provides contrasting color and texture when planted with small ornamental grasses and various lavender varieties. This stonecrop is valued for its fall display of deep pink flowers and its arching stems of succulent gray green foliage. 6-12" tall x 12-15" wide.
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  14. Yellow Phlomis russeliana, Lampwick Plant, Jerusalem Sage Close Up

    Phlomis russeliana, a Mediterranean species native to the mountains of Syria, is admired for both its unusual whorls of soft yellow flowers and its large olive-green leaves. Commonly...

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    Hardy Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis) Hardy Jerusalem Sage Phlomis russeliana
    $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Phlomis russeliana, a Mediterranean species native to the mountains of Syria, is admired for both its unusual whorls of soft yellow flowers and its large olive-green leaves. Commonly known as Hardy Jerusalem Sage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  15. Hairy Grama Grass with eyelash-like flowers,  Bouteloua hirsuta

    Hairy Grama Grass (Bouteloua hirsuita) is a small-growing native grass that thrives in poor soils and blooms in summer with cheery eyelash-like flowers. This xeric plant is an excell...

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    Hairy Grama Grass Hairy Grama Grass Bouteloua hirsuita
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Hairy Grama Grass (Bouteloua hirsuita) is a small-growing native grass that thrives in poor soils and blooms in summer with cheery eyelash-like flowers. This xeric plant is an excellent addition to waterwise gardens, for groundcover and textural accents that provide visual interest year-round. It will reseed and naturalize over time, but is not appetizing to deer.
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  16. Geum triflorum, Prairie Smoke

    Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke) has charming, nodding pink flowers give rise to feathery, smoky-pink seed heads that decorate the plants in mid-summer....

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    Prairie Smoke (Geum) Prairie Smoke Geum triflorum
    As low as $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Geum triflorum (Prairie Smoke) has charming, nodding pink flowers give rise to feathery, smoky-pink seed heads that decorate the plants in mid-summer.
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  17.  Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster, Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster, Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass with Rudbeckia

    The world's most popular ornamental grass, 'Karl Foerster' has a strong upright habit and blooms with showy flowers that ripen to tawny seed heads that decorate the plant through the...

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    Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 3.25" Pot
    The world's most popular ornamental grass, 'Karl Foerster' has a strong upright habit and blooms with showy flowers that ripen to tawny seed heads that decorate the plant through the fall and winter months.
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  18. Forestiera neomexicana Happy Boy, Forestiera neomexicana Happy Boy, Happy Boy New Mexico Privet (Desert Olive)

    New Mexico Privet is an attractive multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with ornamental white bark and brilliant yellow fall foliage. ‘Happy Boy’ is a male plant needed for pollinat...

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    Happy Boy New Mexico Privet Happy Boy New Mexico Privet Forestiera neomexicana Happy Boy
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    New Mexico Privet is an attractive multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with ornamental white bark and brilliant yellow fall foliage. ‘Happy Boy’ is a male plant needed for pollination. If no fruit is desired, plant only ‘Happy Boy’. One male pollinates numerous female plants. Plant at least one male and female plant if you wish to get berries.
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  19. Tanacetum densum ssp. amani, Partridge Feather

    4-6" tall x 18-24" wide. 2010 Plant Select® Winner. This fabulous ground cover is perfect for beautifying hot, dry areas of the garden with its attractive gray, ferny foliage and la...

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    Partridge Feather (Tanacetum) Partridge Feather Tanacetum densum ssp. amani
    As low as $8.49
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    4-6" tall x 18-24" wide. 2010 Plant Select® Winner. This fabulous ground cover is perfect for beautifying hot, dry areas of the garden with its attractive gray, ferny foliage and late spring display of yellow button-shaped flowers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  20. 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
    $11.99
    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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  21. 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 $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep 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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  22. 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
    $11.99
    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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  23. White Paronychia kepela ssp. serpyllifolia, Paronychia kepela ssp. serpyllifolia, Silver Nailwort

    1" tall x 18" wide. Silver Nailwort is a tough-as-nails groundcover with tiny green thyme-like leaves and silver seed heads that look like white flowers. Recommended as an improved ...

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    Paronychia (Silver Nailwort) Silver Nailwort Paronychia kapela ssp. serpyllifolia
    As low as $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    1" tall x 18" wide. Silver Nailwort is a tough-as-nails groundcover with tiny green thyme-like leaves and silver seed heads that look like white flowers. Recommended as an improved substitute for white thyme because it's more durable and drought tolerant. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  24. 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
    $10.99
    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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