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Drought Tolerant Plants

Western Redbud in bloom

In the Sierra Foothills of California, summer drought is nothing new. Dry and hot are typical adjectives used to describe any July day in these regions. Those of us who live in these areas have learned to weather the low humidity and soaring temperatures that summer brings. But today, drought has taken on a new significance. With ongoing drought conditions, water becomes a more precious resource with each passing day.

Gardening Where you Are

The new way to garden is to acknowledge and plan for the place, the climate, the conditions, in which your garden exists. Living the mantra "Garden Where You Are" makes it easier on the gardener, while at the same time allowing a gentler approach to landscaping and minimizing the impacts on our environment. It recognizes that existing in harmony with our surroundings is not only useful, but essential. This time and space appropriate garden is the garden we are here to help you with. The drought tolerant plants below will add beauty and functionality to your garden while going easy on our taxed water resources and your water bill.

This page lists the drought tolerant plants in our catalog by botanical name.
To search by common name, go to our alphabetical plant listing pages
or click on your selection below to learn more about the plant.

Sunny Seduction YarrowAchillea millefolium "Sunny Seduction"
Sunny Seduction Yarrow
Walkers Low CatmintNepeta faasenii 'Walker's Low'
Walker's Low Catmint
Red Velvet YarrowAchillea millefolium ''Red Velvet'
Red Velvet Yarrow
Spanish CatmintNepeta tuberosa
Spanish Catmint
Terra Cotta YarrowAchillea millefolium 'Terra Cotta'
Terra Cotta Yarrow
Hooker's Evening PrimroseOenothera elata
Hooker's Evening Primrose
California BuckeyeAesculus californica
California Buckeye
Fireworks Southern SundropsOenothera fruticosa 'Fireworks'
Fireworks Southern Sundrops
French TarragonArtemesia dracunculus sativa
French Tarragon
evening primroseOenothera perennis
Little Evening Primrose
Apricot Sunrise Anise HyssopAgastache 'Apricot Sunrise'
Apricot Sunrise Anise Hyssop

Low Prickly PearOpuntia humifusa
Low Prickly Pear
golden jubilee anise hyssopAgastache 'Golden Jubilee'
Golden Jubillee Anise Hyssop

creeping golden marjorumOriganum aurea
Creeping Golden Marjoram
garden chivesAllium schoenoprasum
Grassleaf Garden Chives
hopleys purple oreganoOriganum laevigatum 'Hopley's Purple'
Hopley's Purple Ornamental Oregano
giant garden chives Allium schoenoprasm 'Forescate
Giant Garden Chives
sweet marjorumOriganum marjorana
Sweet Marjorum
Corkskrew onionAllium senescens glauca
Corkskrew Onion
Cardinal PenstemonPenstemon cardinalis
Cardinal Penstemon
Howard McMinn ManzanitaArctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Howard McMinn Manzanita
firecracker penstemonPenstemon eatonii
Firecracker Penstemon
emerald carpet manzanitaArctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet'
Emerald Carpet Manzanita
Catherine de la Mare foothill penstemonPenstemon heterophyllus 'Catherine de la Mare'
Foothill Penstemon
Pacific Mist ManzanitaArctostaphylos x 'Pacific Mist'
Pacific Mist Manzanita
Margarita BOP Foothill PenstemonPenstemon heterophyllyus
'Margarita BOP'
Margarita BOP Foothill Penstemon
White blooming sea thriftArmeria maritima 'Alba'
White Blooming Sea Thrift
gay penstemonPenstemon laetus
Gay Penstemon
David's Choice Sandhill SageArtemesia pycnocephala 'David's Choice'
David's Choice Sandhill Sage
mountain pridePenstemon newberryi
Mountain Pride
Asclepias speciosa
Showy Milkweed
saint helena mountain pridePenstemon newberryi 'St. Helena'
St. Helena Mountain Pride
pigeon pointcoyote bushBaccharis pilularis 'Pigeon Point'
Pigeon Point Coyote Bush
Penstemon palmeri
Shell Penstemon
false indigoBaptisia australis
False Indigo

mersea yellow pineleaf penstemonPenstemon pinifolius 'Mersea Yellow'
Mersea Yellow Pineleaf Penstemon
quaking grassBriza media
Quaking Grass
pincushion penstemonPenstemon procerus
Pincushion Penstemon
Ithurial's SpearBrodiaea laxa 'Corrina'
Ithurial's Spear, Fool's Onion', Grass Nut
Rocky Mountain PenstemonPenstemon strictus
Rocky Mountain Penstemon

Texas SundropsCalylophus berlandieri
Texas Sundrops

Littleleaf Mock OrangePhiladelphus microphyllus
Littleleaf Mockorange
cannaCanna x generalis
Common Canna
Jerusalem SagePhlomis russeliana
Jerusalem Sage

berkely sedgeCarex divulsa
Berkeley Sedge

Cape FuchsiaPhygelius x rectus
Cape Fuchsia
Bush AnemoneCarpenteria californica
Bush Anemone
yellow trumpet cape fuchsiaPhygelius aequalis 'Yellow Trumpet'
Yellow Cape Fuchsia
Autumn Blue SpireaCaryopteris incana
Autumn Blue Spirea
Turkey Tangle FrogfruitPhyla nodiflora
Turkey Tangle Frogfruit
bluebeardCaryopteris x clandonensis
Golden CurrantRibes aureum
Golden Currant
Anchor Bay California lilacCeanothus gloriosus 'Anchor Bay'
Anchor Bay California Lilac
Pink Flowering CurrantRibes sanguineum glutinosum
Pink Flowering Currant
Joyce Coulter California LilacCeanothus 'Joyce Coulter'
Joyce Coulter California Lilac
Landy Banks RoseRosa banksiae 'Lutea'
Lady Banks Climbing Rose
white jupiters beardCentranthus ruber 'Albus'
White Jupiter's Beard

highveld sun roseRosa 'Highveld Sun'
Highveld Sun Groundcover Rose
western redbudCercis occidentalis
Western Redbud
benenden blue rosemaryRosmarinus officinalis 'Benenden Blue'
Benenden Blue Upright Rosemary
Pink form flowering quinceChaenomeles speciosa
Flowering Quince-pink form
trailing rosemaryRosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
Trailing Rosemary
desert willowChilopsis linearis
Desert Willow
rosulariaRosularia sedoides
Jessamy Beauty RockroseCistus 'Jessamy Beauty'
Jessamy Beauty Rockrose
creeping brambleRubus pentalobus
Creeping Bramble
Sageleaf rockroseCistus salvifolius prostratus
Sageleaf Rockrose
goldsturm black eyed susanRudbeckia fulgida ' Goldsturm'
Goldsturm Black-Eyed Susan
Sunset RockroseCistus pulverulentus 'Sunset'
Sunset Rockrose
Prairie SageSalvia azurea grandiflora
Prairie Sage

pipestemsClematis lasiantha
Bee's Bliss SageSalvia 'Bee's Bliss
Bee's Bliss Creeping Sage
Moonbeam CoreopsisCoreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'
Moonbeam Threadleaf Coreopsis

Salvia chamaedryoides
Germander Sage
Tree Cholla BlossomCylindropuntia imbricata
Tree Cholla
cleveland sageSalvia clevelandii
Sage, Cleveland
Cardoon BlossomCynara cardunculus
Coahuila SageSalvia coahuilensis
Coahuila Sage
Texas Sundrops Calylophus berlandieri
Texas Sundrops, Berlandier's Sundrops
Pink Autumn SageSalvia gregii 'Pink'
Pink Autumn Sage
Hardy Ice PlantDelosperma cooperi
Hardy Ice Plant
Hotlips SageSalvia x jamensis 'Hotlips'
Hotlips Sage

vivid hardy ice plantDelospema P001s
Vivid Hardy Ice Plant
Sierra de Antonio sageSalvia x jamensis 'Sierra de San Antonio'
Sierra de San Antonio Sage
crimson treasure cheddar pinksDianthus gratianopolitanus 'Crimson Treasure'
Cheddar Pinks
berggarten sageSalvia officinalis 'Berggarten'
Berggarten Garden Sage
purple coneflowerEchinacea purpurea
Purple Coneflower
Vatican White Clary SageSalvia sclarea var turkestanica alba ‘Vatican White’
Vatican White Clary Sage
Wayne Roderickseaside daisyErigeron glauca 'Wayne Roderick'
Seaside Daisy
Transylvanian SageSalvia Transylvanica
Transylvanian Sage
santa barbara daisyErigeron karvenskianus
Santa Barbara Daisy
Blue ElderberrySambucus mexicana
Western Blue Elderberry
Bowles mauve wallflowerErysimum 'Bowles Mauve'
Bowles Mauve Wallflower
Lemon Fizz Lavender CottonSantolina rosmarinifolia 'Lemon Fizz'
Lemon Fizz Lavender Cotton
Fawn LilyErythronium tuolumnse x californicum 'Pagoda'
Fawn Lily, Trout Lily, Dog Tooth Violet
SoapwortSaponaria officinalis
red martin spurgeEuphorbia martinii 'Red Martin'
Red Martin Spurge
pink mist pincushion flowerScabiosa columbaria 'Pink Mist'
Pink Mist Pincushion Flower
Elijah Blue FescueFestuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'
Elijah Blue Fescue
Autumn Joy StonecropSedum 'Autumn Joy'
Autumn Joy Stonecrop
Woodland StrawberryFragaria californica
Woodland Strawberry
bertram anderson stonecropSedum 'Bertram Anderson'
Bertram Anderson Stonecrop
Fremontodendron californicum x mexicanum‘California Glory’
California Glory Flannel Bush
corsican stonecropSedum dasyphyllum 'Major'
Corsican Stonecro
henfield brilliant sunroseHelianthemum 'Henfield Brilliant'
frosty morn sedumSedum 'Frosty Morn'
Autumn Stonecrop
lemon queen sunflowerHelianthus 'Lemon Queen'
Lemon Queen Perennial Sunflower'
Tiny Urchin StonecropSedum humisifusum 'Tiny Urchin'
Tiny Urchin Stonecrop
hybrid lenten roseHelleborus hybridus
Hybrid Lenten Rose
Red StonecropSedum moranense
Red Stonecrop
Our Lords CandleHesperoyucca whipplei
Our Lord's Candle
Sierra StonecropSedum obtusatum
Sierra Stonecrop
ToyonHeteromeles arbutifolia
Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'
Angelina Stonecrop

Coral BellsHeuchera x briziodes 'Bressingham Hybrids'- Coral
Coral Bells
Cape Blanco StonecropSedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco'
Cape Blanco Stonecrop
Owl's ClawsHymenoxys hoopesii
Owl's Claws
Matrona StonecropSedum spectabile 'Matrona'
Matrona Stonecrop
hyssopHyssopus officinalis
Pale StonecropSedum sediforme
Pale Stonecrop

Douglas IrisIris douglasiana
Douglas Iris
October DaphneSedum sieboldii
October Daphne
German Bearded IrisIris germanica
German Bearded Iris
vera jameson stonecropSedum 'Vera Jameson'
Vera Jameson Stonecrop
Canyon Snow Pacific Coast Iris Iris -Pacific Coast Hybrids-'Canyon Snow'
Canyon Snow Pacific Coast Iris

Cobweb HouseleekSempervivum arachnoideum
Cobwb Houseleek
Pacific coast iris-darkIris -Pacific Coast Hybrids-'Nearly Black'
Nearly Black Pacific Coast Iris
Calcaruem Hens and ChicksSempervivum calcareum
Calcareum Hens and Chicks

primrose jasmineJasminum mesnyi
Primrose Jasmine
Jade Rose Hens and ChicksSempervivum 'Jade Rose'
Jade Rose Hens and Chicks
heart leaf penstemonKeckiella cordifolia
Heart Leaf Penstemon
Kismet Hens and ChicksSempervivum 'Pileosum'
Pileosum Hens and Chicks
KnautiaKnautia macedonica
Ruby Heart Hens and ChicksSempervivum 'Ruby Heart'
Ruby Heart Hens and Chicks
border ballet torch lilyKniphofia 'Border Ballet'
Border Ballet Torch Lily

hens and chicksSempervivum tectorum 'Rubrum'
Hens and Chicks
yellow archangelLamium galeobdelon
Yellow Archangel
twillight blues hens and chicksSempervivum ' Twillight Blues'
Twillight Blues Hens and Chicks
sweet bay laurelLaurus nobilis
Sweet Bay Laurel
canada goldenrodSolidago canadensis
Canada Goldenrod
Hidcote LavenderLavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Hidcote English Lavender
Mexican Feather GrassStipa tenuissima
Mexican Feather Grass
Purple Bouquet English LavenderLavandula angustifolia 'Purple Bouquet'
Purple Bouquet English Lavender
Yellow GermanderTeucrium flavum
Yellow Germander
Lisa Marie Dwarf English LavenderLavandula x chaytorae 'Lisa Marie'
Lisa Marie Dwarf English Lavender
creeping germanderTeucrium cossoni-majoricum
Creeping Germander
White flowered grosso lavendinLavandula x intermedia 'Alba'
White Grosso Lavendin
silver bush germanderTeucrium fruticans
Bush Germander
grosso lavendinLavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'
Grosso Lavandin
Caucasian GermanderTeucrium hyrcanicum 'Purple Tails'
Caucasian Germander
Sea LavenderLimonium latifolium
Sea Lavender, Perennial Sea Statice
Lemon ThymeThymus citriodora
Lemon Thyme
blue flaxLinum perenne lewisii
Blue Flax
English ThymeThymus vulgaris
English Thyme
Chaparral HoneysuckleLonicera interrupta
Chaparral Honeysuckle
Ithurial's SpearTriteleia laxa 'Corrina'
Ithurial's Spear, Fool's Onion', Grass Nut
Sticky Monkey FlowerMimulus aurantiacus
Sticky Monkey Flower
purple top vervainVerbena bonariensis
Purple Top Vervain
Adagio Dwarf Maiden GrassMiscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'
Adagio Maiden Grass
chaste treeVitex agnus-castus
Chaste Tree
Scarlet MonadellaMonardella macrantha
Scarlet Monardella
California FuchsiaZauschneria californica
California fuchsia
Mountain PennyroyalMonardella odoratissima
Mountain Pennyroyal
California FuchsiaZauschneria californica 'Catalina'
Catalina California Fuchsia
Monardella villosa
Coyote Mint
Solidarity Pink California FuchsiaZauschneria californica 'Solidarity Pink'
Solidarity Pink California Fuchsia
Deer GrassMuhlenbergia rigens
Deer Grass
california fuchsiaZauschneria latifolia
(Epilobium latifolium)
California Fuchsia