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. Hooker’s Sandwort, Arenaria hookeri v. desertii

    Hookers Sandwort (Arenaria hookeri v. desertii), also called Desert Sandwort, has soft moss-like foliage that is covered with a spray of petite white flowers in late spring. Native t...

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    Hooker's Sandwort (Arenaria) Hooker's Sandwort Arenaria hookeri v. desertii
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    Hookers Sandwort (Arenaria hookeri v. desertii), also called Desert Sandwort, has soft moss-like foliage that is covered with a spray of petite white flowers in late spring. Native to Utah, this semi-evergreen plant grows just a couple of inches tall and provides year-round interest and texture for rock gardens or walkways. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  2. 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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  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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    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. 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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  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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    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. 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
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    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. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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
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    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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  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
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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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  13. 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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  14. 'Prince's Plume' with bold yellow blooms in front of canyon, Stanleya Pinnata 'Prince's Plume'

    'Prince's Plume' (Stanleya pinnata) has striking presence in the open landscape, bearing bright yellow flower spikes over feathery silver foliage. A native of the North American West...

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    Prince's Plume Prince's Plume Stanleya pinnata
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    'Prince's Plume' (Stanleya pinnata) has striking presence in the open landscape, bearing bright yellow flower spikes over feathery silver foliage. A native of the North American West and Southwest, its hardy, long-lasting flowers that can last for weeks, or months in the right conditions, serving as a beacon for attracting pollinators. 'Prince's Plume' is a fascinating and deer-resistant addition to xeriscapes in arid, semi-desert conditions. (Stanleya pinnata)
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  15. 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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    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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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    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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  19. 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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  20. 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
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    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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  21. 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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  22. 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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    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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  23. 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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  24. Pink Escobaria leei, Escobaria leei, Lee’s Spiny Star Cactus

    3" x 4-5' wide. One of the rarest cacti in the United States, this tiny, white-spined gem blooms in late spring with a nice display of coral-pink flowers. Drought resistant/drought ...

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    Lee's Spiny Star Cactus (Escobaria) Lee's Spiny Star Cactus Escobaria leei
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    3" x 4-5' wide. One of the rarest cacti in the United States, this tiny, white-spined gem blooms in late spring with a nice display of coral-pink flowers. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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