Very Drought Resistant Plants

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Very Drought Resistant Plants

These drought tolerant plants are considered very xeric (water thrifty). Once established, the drought tolerant plants will need no supplemental watering. Each of our products lists its water needs so you can plan your garden based on your region and its natural rainfall. Learn more about waterwise gardening: Water Saving Gardening Tips.

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  1. Blue Spruce Stonecrop, Sedum reflexum 'Blue Spruce'

    'Blue Spruce' Creeping Sedum (Sedum reflexum) is a standout among low-maintenance Sedums. This easy-to-grow and eye-catching features succulent blue-green foliage, much like little s...

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    Blue Spruce Sedum Blue Spruce Stonecrop Sedum reflexum Blue Spruce
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    'Blue Spruce' Creeping Sedum (Sedum reflexum) is a standout among low-maintenance Sedums. This easy-to-grow and eye-catching features succulent blue-green foliage, much like little spruce needles! A pollinator favorite, it is covered with small star-shaped yellow flowers in summer for over a month. A great evergreen groundcover where low maintenance, drought-tolerant, deer-and-rabbit-resistant plantings are desired.
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  2. Angelina Stonecrop, Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'

    Fast-growing, and colorful, 'Angelina' Creeping Sedum (Sedum rupestre) adds a dazzling highlight with colors from chartreuse to golden yellow. Easy to grow, it will spread quickly as...

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    Angelina Sedum Angelina Stonecrop Sedum rupestre Angelina
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    Fast-growing, and colorful, 'Angelina' Creeping Sedum (Sedum rupestre) adds a dazzling highlight with colors from chartreuse to golden yellow. Easy to grow, it will spread quickly as a drought-tolerant groundcover. Bright yellow star-like flowers bloom in summer and foliage turns golden-orange in autumn. A great pick for rock gardens, dry borders, and large expanses of ground that need planting.
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  3. Manzano Mountains Strain Hedgehog Cactus, Echinocereus triglochidiatus Manzano Mts., growing in rock garden with red flowers

    Our Manzano Mountains Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) has stout stems with fewer spines than are typical for the species, for an unusual appearance that cold hardy cac...

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    Manzano Mountains Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus) Manzano Mountains Strain Hedgehog Cactus Echinocereus triglochidiatus Manzano Mts.
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    Our Manzano Mountains Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) has stout stems with fewer spines than are typical for the species, for an unusual appearance that cold hardy cacti growers will appreciate. Deep red mid-spring flowers are a hummingbird favorite. Tough and very cold hardy, this native cactus is a great rock garden specimen or addition to the xeric landscape. A High Country Gardens Introduction.
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  4. Blanca Peak™ Rocky Mountain Beard Tongue, Penstemon strictus ‘WWG06’

    Blanca Peak™ White Penstemon (Penstemon strictus) is an award-winning white-flowered selection of our native Rocky Mountain Penstemon. Large, tubular flowers are a favorite nectar ...

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    Blanca Peak™ Rocky Mountain Penstemon Blanca Peak™ Rocky Mountain Beardtongue Penstemon strictus 'WWG06'
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    Blanca Peak™ White Penstemon (Penstemon strictus) is an award-winning white-flowered selection of our native Rocky Mountain Penstemon. Large, tubular flowers are a favorite nectar source for bumblebees. Plant this easy-to-grow beardtongue for a sturdy, long-lived late-spring bloomer in your xeriscape. This beauty thrives in most well-drained soil with full sun exposure. A 2021 Plant Select® Winner. A High Country Gardens Introduction.
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  5. FlowerKisser Everpink Desert Willow, Chilopsis linearis 'WWG08'

    FlowerKisser™ Everpink Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) is a seedless desert willow with large, fragrant pink flowers that cover the plant all summer long. This wide-growing nati...

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    FlowerKisser™ Everpink Desert Willow FlowerKisser™ Everpink Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis 'WWG08'
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    FlowerKisser™ Everpink Desert Willow (Chilopsis linearis) is a seedless desert willow with large, fragrant pink flowers that cover the plant all summer long. This wide-growing native tree loves heat and full sun, making it a versatile addition to hot, dry gardens. Nectar-rich blooms are highly attractive to hummingbirds. A High Country Gardens Introduction.
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  6. Dwarf Leadplant, Amorpha nana

    Dwarf Leadplant (Amorpha nana) is a wonderfully compact native shrub that covers itself with purple flower clusters in late spring. Sweet honey-scented flowers attract bees, butterfl...

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    Dwarf Leadplant (Amorpha) Dwarf Leadplant Amorpha nana
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Dwarf Leadplant (Amorpha nana) is a wonderfully compact native shrub that covers itself with purple flower clusters in late spring. Sweet honey-scented flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. A member of the legume family, Leadplant adds nitrogen to the soil, helping it thrive in poor soils and benefiting of all the plants surrounding it. Suitable for the most challenging sunny sites. A 2020 Plant Select® Winner
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  7. Prickly Dianthus, Acantholimon litvinovii, growing in rock garden

    Prickly Dianthus (Acantholimon hohenackeri) forms large, spiny cushions of blue-grey rosettes in sunny rock gardens or arid landscapes. Its prickly nature makes it an excellent choic...

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    Prickly Dianthus (Acantholimon) Prickly Dianthus Acantholimon hohenackeri
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Prickly Dianthus (Acantholimon hohenackeri) forms large, spiny cushions of blue-grey rosettes in sunny rock gardens or arid landscapes. Its prickly nature makes it an excellent choice for keeping critters out with a low maintenance groundcover. Flowering with tiny white-pink blossoms in late spring, followed by attractive seed heads, these compact mounding plants offer delicate color and a hardy nature to the waterwise garden.
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  8. Thanksgiving Ornamental Oregano, Oreganum x 'Erntedank', close up of lilac-pink flowers

    Thanksgiving Ornamental Oregano (Origanum x 'Erntedank') is a stunningly colorful ornamental oregano. Adaptable and easy-to-grow, its round, blue-green foliage has a light herbal sce...

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    Thanksgiving Ornamental Oregano Thanksgiving Ornamental Oregano Origanum x Erntedank
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Thanksgiving Ornamental Oregano (Origanum x 'Erntedank') is a stunningly colorful ornamental oregano. Adaptable and easy-to-grow, its round, blue-green foliage has a light herbal scent, and when it blooms it is covered with sweetly fragrant flowers of lilac-pink. Native bees and honeybees love the nectar and are always to be seen pollinating the flowers. Despite a delicate appearance, this is a tough, reliable perennial.
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  9. White Yucca baccata, Yucca baccata, Banana Yucca

    Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata) is a handsome species with rosettes of thick, stout olive-green leaves and big spikes of showy ivory flowers in late spring....

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    Banana Yucca Banana Yucca Yucca baccata
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    Banana Yucca (Yucca baccata) is a handsome species with rosettes of thick, stout olive-green leaves and big spikes of showy ivory flowers in late spring.
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  10. Fallugia paradoxa seed head with bee. Photo courtesy of Emmis Oure

    Apache Plume is one of our showiest native western shrubs. Beginning in late spring and continuing through summer the plant blooms with single white flowers that set fluffy pink seed...

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    Apache Plume (Fallugia) Apache Plume Fallugia paradoxa
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    Apache Plume is one of our showiest native western shrubs. Beginning in late spring and continuing through summer the plant blooms with single white flowers that set fluffy pink seed heads. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  11. Artemisia versicolor Seafoam, Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    Seafoam is grown for its curlicue silver foliage and low, mounding habit. Useful as a small scall groundcover, the plant is an excellent companion for other tall perennials with gree...

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    Seafoam Artemisia Seafoam Curlicue Sage Artemisia versicolor Seafoam
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Seafoam is grown for its curlicue silver foliage and low, mounding habit. Useful as a small scall groundcover, the plant is an excellent companion for other tall perennials with green or blue foliage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). Introduced into cultivation in the US by Lauren Springer Ogden.
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  12. Pink Mirabilis multiflora, Mirablis multiflora, Wild Four O'clock

    Wild Four O'clock is a magnificent native wildflower that blooms all summer with magenta-pink flowers that open in the afternoon. A perennial with huge, deep roots, it needs no extr...

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    Wild Four O'Clock (Mirabilis) Wild Four O'Clock Mirablis multiflora
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    Wild Four O'clock is a magnificent native wildflower that blooms all summer with magenta-pink flowers that open in the afternoon. A perennial with huge, deep roots, it needs no extra water once established. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  13. Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata, Silver Leaf Rabbit Brush

    Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata) is a showy native shrub that stands out in the landscape with its attractive, finely textured silver-gray foliage and eye-c...

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    La Plata Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus) La Plata Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata
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    Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata) is a showy native shrub that stands out in the landscape with its attractive, finely textured silver-gray foliage and eye-catching display of golden-yellow flowers beginning in late summer-early fall.
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  14. Zinnia grandiflora Gold on Blue photo courtesy of Plant Select

    Plant Select 2014. 4" tall x 15" wide. A superb native groundcover plant, Zinnia grandiflora ‘Gold on Blue’ (Gold On Blue Prairie Zinnia) is an unusually large form of Prairie ...

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    Gold On Blue Prairie Zinnia Gold On Blue Prairie Zinnia Zinnia grandiflora Gold on Blue
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    Plant Select 2014. 4" tall x 15" wide. A superb native groundcover plant, Zinnia grandiflora ‘Gold on Blue’ (Gold On Blue Prairie Zinnia) is an unusually large form of Prairie Zinnia that blooms in summer with golden-yellow daisies. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  15. 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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  16. Cardinal Penstemon Close Up of Red Tubular Blooms

    Cardinal Penstemon (Penstemon cardinalis) is a rare, cold hardy wildflower from the southern mountains of New Mexico. Tall, impressive spikes of dark red flowers bloom in mid-summer,...

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    Cardinal Penstemon Cardinal Beardtongue Penstemon cardinalis
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    Cardinal Penstemon (Penstemon cardinalis) is a rare, cold hardy wildflower from the southern mountains of New Mexico. Tall, impressive spikes of dark red flowers bloom in mid-summer, making this favorite source of natural nectar for hummingbirds. A must-have for your pollinator garden. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  17. 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
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    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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  18. Great Basin Wildrye with tall flower spikes and blue foliage, Leymus cinereus

    Great Basin Wildrye (Leymus cinereus) is a very tall growing, native, cool season grass. It blooms in late spring with long spikes of tan flowers held straight-up over stunning blue ...

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    Great Basin Wildrye Great Basin Wildrye Leymus cinereus
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    Great Basin Wildrye (Leymus cinereus) is a very tall growing, native, cool season grass. It blooms in late spring with long spikes of tan flowers held straight-up over stunning blue foliage. Late spring blooms are a valuable attribute, as most other large native grasses are warm season growers that flower much later in the summer and fall. The tan-and-blue grass is a perfect addition to sophisticated grass plantings, and an excellent companion for later blooming perennials.
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  19. 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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    ‘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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  20. 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
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    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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  21. Grama Grass Collection

    Our Grama Grass Collection features three ornamental grasses, some of our very best garden plants. With their fine-textured foliage, attractive flowers and seed heads, and graceful m...

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    Grama Grass Collection Grama Grass Collection Bouteloua Collection
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    Our Grama Grass Collection features three ornamental grasses, some of our very best garden plants. With their fine-textured foliage, attractive flowers and seed heads, and graceful movement in the breeze, they give us a remarkable visual contrast with flowering perennials and shrubs. Create a sophisticated mass planting, or create a backdrop to your flower garden. Even past the flowering season, you can enjoy their texture and beauty in fall and winter. These native grasses also provide habitat for birds and insects, and are host plants for several moths and butterflies. Collection of 9 plants.
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  22. Jewel of Desert® Peridot Ice Plant (Delosperma) with lemon-yellow open blooms

    A gorgeous ground-covering solution for your driest, sunniest spots, Jewel of Desert Peridot Ice Plant (Delosperma) is a long-blooming perennial that shines in two-toned color from l...

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    Jewel of Desert® Peridot Ice Plant Jewel of Desert® Peridot Ice Plant Delosperma Jewel of Desert® Peridot
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    A gorgeous ground-covering solution for your driest, sunniest spots, Jewel of Desert Peridot Ice Plant (Delosperma) is a long-blooming perennial that shines in two-toned color from late spring until early fall. Bright yellow blossoms with white centers cover the succulent green foliage. This plant will thrive as long as conditions are dry. Peridot is great for waterwise rock gardens, green roofs, and attractive erosion control. (Delosperma)
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  23. Red Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton, Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton, Lucretia Hamilton Desert Willow

    12-18' tall x 12-18' wide (cutting propagated). Lucretia Hamilton™ is the perfect desert willow for attracting hummingbirds to patios and small yards. A naturally compact grower, t...

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    Lucretia Hamilton Desert Willow Lucretia Hamilton Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis Lucretia Hamilton
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    12-18' tall x 12-18' wide (cutting propagated). Lucretia Hamilton™ is the perfect desert willow for attracting hummingbirds to patios and small yards. A naturally compact grower, this selection provides a long blooming summer display of stunning burgundy flowers. And during the winter and early spring, its finely textured branching makes an especially nice focal point when planted against walls and fences. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  24. Mahonia haematocarpa, Red Berry Mahonia

    Red Berry Mahonia is valued for its fragrant yellow late-spring flowers and profusion of large red fruit that ripen in late summer. Mahonia haematocarpa one of our toughest and most ...

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    Red Barberry (Mahonia) Red Barberry, Red Oregon Grape Mahonia haematocarpa
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    Red Berry Mahonia is valued for its fragrant yellow late-spring flowers and profusion of large red fruit that ripen in late summer. Mahonia haematocarpa one of our toughest and most ornamental native, broadleaf evergreen shrubs. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 6-12 ft. tall x 6-12 ft. wide.
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