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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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    '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. 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
    $8.99
    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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  3. 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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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    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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  4. Penstemon palmeri Wild Snapdragon

    Palmer's Beardtongue blooms in early summer with tall spikes of fragrant, light pink flowers in early summer. Very xeric and heat tolerant, it is a willing reseeder for use in coloni...

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    Palmer's Penstemon Palmer's Beardtongue Penstemon palmeri
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Palmer's Beardtongue blooms in early summer with tall spikes of fragrant, light pink flowers in early summer. Very xeric and heat tolerant, it is a willing reseeder for use in colonizing harsh sites. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  5. 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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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    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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  6. Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus,  Echinocereus rigidissimus,  New Mexico Rainbow Cactus

    Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus rigidissimus) is one of our most beautiful Southwestern cacti. This small barrel cactus has bands of smooth, glossy pink and white spines, and a...

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    Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus Echinocereus rigidissimus
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus rigidissimus) is one of our most beautiful Southwestern cacti. This small barrel cactus has bands of smooth, glossy pink and white spines, and an eye-popping display of huge magenta flowers in early summer. This is a delightful addition to xeric gardens, rock gardens, and container gardens. Bright flowers are bee-friendly. Cacti are highly deer and rabbit resistant.
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  7. Purple Mountain Sun Daisy, Osteospermum Purple Mountain, Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    The cheerful magenta flowers of Purple Mountain® Sun Daisy appear in late spring with blossoms that are both satiny soft and strong as nails. Bright flowers are very attractive to p...

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    Purple Mountain® Sun Daisy Purple Mountain® Sun Daisy Osteospermum barberiae var. compactum Purple Mountain®
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    The cheerful magenta flowers of Purple Mountain® Sun Daisy appear in late spring with blossoms that are both satiny soft and strong as nails. Bright flowers are very attractive to pollinators, lasting for many weeks, and occasionally reappearing in late summer/early fall. Deep green lanceolate foliage is neat and compact. Well adapted to dry soils and higher elevations, this plant works well for adding color and delight to a rock garden or dry area setting. (Osteospermum barberae var. compactum)
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  8. 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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    $96.91 Sale $87.21
    Per Collection of 9
    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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  9. All Star Penstemon Collection

    Our ‘All Star Penstemon Collection’ is a showcase of colors and forms that delivers more flowers every year. Enjoy warm red, pale pink, magenta, and inky purple flowers blooming ...

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    All Star Penstemon Collection All Star Penstemon Collection Penstemon Collection
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    $128.35 Sale $115.51
    Per Collection of 15
    Our ‘All Star Penstemon Collection’ is a showcase of colors and forms that delivers more flowers every year. Enjoy warm red, pale pink, magenta, and inky purple flowers blooming early spring to early summer, followed by a lovely tapestry of evergreen foliage textures to complement later-blooming perennials. Penstemon, or Beardtongue, are easy-to-grow native perennials that will spread steadily, attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, but resisting hungry deer. Plant 10” tall Penstemon pinifolius with vivid scarlet flowers in front, and willowy 48-60” tall Penstemon palmeri with pale pink fragrant flowers in back. A must-have collection for waterwise gardens! Collection of 15 plants.
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  10. 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
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    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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  11. Delosperma cooperi, Cooper's Hardy Ice Plant

    Delosperma cooperi (Coopers Hardy Ice Plant) is covered with large magenta-pink flowers for much of the summer. A perfect groundcover where easy-care, high color is on the wish-list....

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    Cooper's Hardy Ice Plant Cooper's Hardy Ice Plant Delosperma cooperi
    As low as $6.99 Sale $5.59
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Delosperma cooperi (Coopers Hardy Ice Plant) is covered with large magenta-pink flowers for much of the summer. A perfect groundcover where easy-care, high color is on the wish-list. It grows vigorously, creating a succulent carpet of color.
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  12. 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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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    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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  13. Drought Resistant Groundcover Collection

    These small-scale evergreen groundcovers beautify the garden with showy spring flowers in shades of yellow, orange-red and bright blue. Outstanding for planting in rock gardens and b...

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    Drought Resistant Groundcover Collection Drought Resistant Groundcover Collection
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    $95.38 Sale $85.84
    Per Collection of 12
    These small-scale evergreen groundcovers beautify the garden with showy spring flowers in shades of yellow, orange-red and bright blue. Outstanding for planting in rock gardens and between pavers. Once established, they will thrive with little extra water. A combination of three of each: Desert Moss, Creeping Goldenaster, Red Mountain® Flame Ice Plant, Woolly Turkish Speedwell.
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  14. Penstemon davidsonii at sunset. Photo Courtesy of Emmis Oure

    Huge lavender-pink flowers held over its dark green evergreen foliage combine to make this Davidson's Beardtongue a fantastic little garden shrub. Normally a finicky species, our sel...

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    Davidson's Penstemon Davidson's Beardtongue Penstemon davidsonii (West Jordan Valley Form)
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Huge lavender-pink flowers held over its dark green evergreen foliage combine to make this Davidson's Beardtongue a fantastic little garden shrub. Normally a finicky species, our selected form of Penstemon davidsonii (propagated by cuttings from one original plant), has proven itself to be easy-to-grow and long-lived in lean, well-drained soil. 8-10" tall x 12-15" wide.
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  15. Yellow Coryphantha sulcata , Coryphantha sulcata , Pineapple Cactus

    4-5" x 3-4" wide. Pineapple Cactus is a showy, clustering cactus with white spines and large yellow flowers with an orange center....

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    Pineapple Cactus (Coryphantha) Pineapple Cactus Coryphantha sulcata
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    Per Plant - 2" Pot
    4-5" x 3-4" wide. Pineapple Cactus is a showy, clustering cactus with white spines and large yellow flowers with an orange center.
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  16. Delosperma Lavender Ice

    'Lavender Ice' Ice Plant has large, gorgeous lavender-pink flowers and a tidy mat of evergreen foliage that turns purplish in winter. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric)...

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    Lavender Ice Ice Plant Lavender Ice Ice Plant Delosperma Lavender Ice
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    'Lavender Ice' Ice Plant has large, gorgeous lavender-pink flowers and a tidy mat of evergreen foliage that turns purplish in winter. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  17. Pink and Purple Delosperma ashtonii Blut, Delosperma ashtonii Blut, Blut Ice Plant

    'Blut' is one of the very best cold hardy Ice Plants. With its vigorous growth habit, durable evergreen foliage and summer-long display of deep magenta-red flowers, it is an invaluab...

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    Blut Ice Plant Blut Ice Plant Delosperma ashtonii Blut
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    'Blut' is one of the very best cold hardy Ice Plants. With its vigorous growth habit, durable evergreen foliage and summer-long display of deep magenta-red flowers, it is an invaluable groundcover. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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