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Drought Tolerant Plants icon Drought Tolerant Plants
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A plant is drought tolerant if it can survive a dry spell of more than 2 or 3 months without supplemental watering. This means that most native plants from regions that occasionally experience 2-3 months without rain (most of the continental US, for example), are drought tolerant. To reduce the need for supplemental irrigation in your landscape, choose drought tolerant plants. If you want to eliminate watering plants altogether, select species native to your area.

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Annual Plants and Flowers
  Ambrosia artemisiifolia ragweed
  Cosmos sulphureus orange cosmos
  Gaillardia pulchella blanket flower
  Gomphrena globosa globe amaranth
  Leonotis nepetifolia annual lion's ear
  Phaseolus acutifolius tepary bean
  Portulaca grandiflora moss rose
  Zinnia elegans zinnia
  Zinnia haageana Mexican zinnia

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Cactus and Succulents
  Agave americana agave
  Aloe saponaria soap aloe
  Aloe vera medicinal aloe
  Euphorbia tirucalli pencil tree
  Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi South American air plant
  Opuntia humifusa hardy prickly pear
  Stapelia spp. carrion flower
  Tradescantia pallida purple heart

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Grasses and Grasslike Plants
  Cortaderia selloana pampas grass
  Festuca glauca blue fescue
  Imperata cylindrica Japanese blood grass
  Muhlenbergia capillaris Gulf muhlygrass
  Muhlenbergia lindheimeri Lindheimer's muhlygrass
  Nassella tenuissima Mexican feather grass
  Panicum virgatum switchgrass
  Pennisetum setaceum African fountain grass
  Schizachyrium scoparium little bluestem
  Sorghastrum nutans indiangrass
  Spartina bakeri sand cordgrass
  Uniola paniculata sea oats

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Palms and Palmlike Plants
  Acrocomia aculeata macaw palm
  Beaucarnea recurvata ponytail palm
  Brahea armata blue hesper palm
  Butia capitata jelly palm
  Chamaerops humilis European fan palm
  Cocos nucifera coconut palm
  Copernicia baileyana Bailey palm
  Copernicia hospita Cuban Wax Palm
  Copernicia macroglossa Cuban petticoat palm
  Cycas circinalis queen sago
  Dioon edule virgin palm
  Dracaena draco dragon tree
  Dypsis lutescens areca palm
  Jubaea chilensis Chilean wine palm
  Livistona chinensis Chinese fan palm
  Livistona decipiens ribbon fan palm
  Nannorrhops ritchieana Mazari Palm
  Phoenix canariensis Canary Island date palm
  Phoenix dactylifera date palm
  Phoenix reclinata Senegal date palm
  Phoenix rupicola cliff date
  Sabal mexicana Texas palm
  Sabal causiarum Puerto Rican hat palm
  Sabal domingensis Dominican palm
  Sabal etonia scrub palm
  Sabal palmetto cabbage palm
  Serenoa repens saw palmetto
  Trachycarpus fortunei windmill palm
  Washingtonia filifera California fan palm
  Wodyetia bifurcata foxtail palm

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Perennial Plants
  Alstroemeria psittacina parrotlily
  Artemisia absinthium absinthe
  Asclepias syriaca common milkweed
  Asclepias tuberosa butterfly weed
  Aspidistra elatior iron plant
  Baptisia alba white wild indigo
  Billbergia nutans queen’s tears; friendship plant
  Catharanthus roseus Madagascar periwinkle
  Coreopsis verticillata whorled coreopsis
  Cosmos atrosanguineus chocolate cosmos
  Crinum asiaticum grand crinum lily
  Cuphea micropetala tall cigar plant
  Cycas revoluta king sago
  Datura inoxia var. quinquecuspida devil's trumpet
  Euphorbia myrsinites myrtle spurge
  Gaura lindheimeri whirling butterflies
  Heliopsis helianthoides oxeye sunflower
  Lychnis coronaria rose campion
  Manihot esculenta cassava
  Mirabilis jalapa four o' clock
  Monarda punctata spotted horsemint
  Narcissus spp. daffodil
  Oenothera speciosa pink evening primrose
  Oenothera fruticosa sundrops
  Protasparagus densiflorus asparagus fern
  Pteridium aquilinum bracken
  Pycnanthemum floridanum Florida mountainmint
  Ruta graveolens rue
  Salvia lyrata lyreleaf sage
  Salvia nemorosa wood sage
  Scaevola aemula scaevola
  Solidago odora common goldenrod
  Symphyotrichum oblongifolium aromatic aster
  Tagetes lemmonii mountain marigold
  Tradescantia spathacea oysterplant
  Tulbaghia violacea society garlic
  Yucca filamentosa Adam's needle
  Zamia furfuracea Cardboard palm
  Zamia pumila coontie

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Shrubs
  Aralia spinosa devil's walking stick
  Aucuba japonica Japanese aucuba
  Buddleja davidii butterfly bush
  Caesalpinia pulcherrima peacock flower
  Callicarpa americana American beautyberry
  Calycanthus floridus sweetshrub
  Camellia sasanqua sasanqua camellia
  Chaenomeles speciosa Japanese quince
  Choisya ternata Mexican orange
  Conocarpus erectus var.sericeus silver buttonwood
  Cyrilla racemiflora titi
  Elaeagnus angustifolia Russian olive
  Elaeagnus pungens thorny elaeagnus
  Euphorbia pulcherrima poinsettia
  Galphimia glauca thryallis
  Gaylussacia frondosa blue huckleberry
  Hamelia patens firebush
  Hibiscus mutabilis confederate rose
  Hypericum calycinum Aaron's beard
  Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii' Burford's holly
  Ilex glabra gallberry
  Ilex vomitoria yaupon
  Ilex x 'Nellie R. Stevens' Nellie Stevens holly
  Illicium parviflorum yellow anise
  Jatropha multifida coral plant
  Juniperus conferta shore juniper
  Juniperus davurica 'Parsonii' Parson's juniper
  Juniperus horizontalis creeping juniper
  Leonotus leonurus lion's ear
  Leucophyllum frutescens purple sage
  Ligustrum x vicaryi golden vicary privet
  Lonicera maackii Amur honeysuckle
  Myrica cerifera southern bayberry
  Myrica pennsylvanica bayberry
  Pandanus utilius screw pine
  Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian sage
  Phlomis fruticosa Jerusalem sage
  Pittosporum tobira Japanese mockorange
  Plumbago auriculata leadwort
  Prunus angustifolia Chickasaw plum
  Rhaphiolepis indica India hawthorn
  Rhaphiolepis umbellata yeddo hawthorne
  Rhus copallinum R. copallina (syn.)
  Rosa laevigata Cherokee rose
  Rosemarinus officinalis rosemary
  Salvia greggii autumn sage
  Scaevola sericea beach naupaka
  Spiraea cantoniensis Reeves' spirea
  Tamarix parviflora small-flowered tamarisk
  Taxus cuspidata Japanese yew
  Tecoma stans yellow elder
  Vaccinium arboreum sparkleberry
  Vaccinium elliottii mayberry
  Vaccinium myrsinites shiny blueberry
  Vaccinium stamineum deerberry
  Viburnum rufidulum rusty black-haw
  Yucca aloifolia Spanish bayonet
  Yucca elephantipes spineless yucca
  Yucca gloriosa Spanish dagger

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Trees
  Adansonia digitata baobab
  Aesculus pavia red buckeye
  Albizia julibrissin silk tree
  Aleurites fordii tung tree
  Arbutus unedo Strawberry tree
  Callistemon viminalis weeping bottlebrush
  Carissa macrocarpa Natal plum
  Carya glabra pignut hickory
  Castanea mollissima Chinese chestnut
  Castanea sativa Spanish chestnut
  Casuarina equisetifolia Australian pine
  Catalpa bignonioides southern catalpa
  Catalpa speciosa Northern catalpa
  Cedrus deodara deodar cedar
  Cedrus libani cedar of Lebanon
  Celtis laevigata sugarberry
  Celtis occidentalis hackberry
  Chionanthus virginicus fringetree
  Chrysoma pauciflosculosa woody goldenrod
  Cinnamomum camphora camphor tree
  Coccoloba uvifera sea grape
  Cotinus coggygria smoketree
  Cupressocyparis Leylandii Leyland cypress
  Cupressus glabra smooth cypress
  Delonix regia royal poinciana
  Diospyros virginiana American persimmon
  Erythrina variegata coral tree
  Eucalyptus cinerea argyle apple
  Euphorbia milii crown of thorns
  Ficus benghalensis banyan
  Ginkgo biloba ginkgo
  Gleditsia triacanthos honeylocust
  Guajacum sanctum holywood lignum-vitae
  Gymnocladus dioicus Kentucky coffee tree
  Ilex opaca American holly
  Jatropha integerrima peregrina
  Juniperus scopulorum Rocky Mountain juniper
  Maclura pomifera osage orange
  Magnolia grandiflora southern magnolia
  Melia azedarach Chinaberry
  Morus alba white mulberry
  Olea europaea olive
  Osmanthus americanus devilwood
  Ostrya virginiana eastern hophornbeam
  Oxydendrum arboreum sourwood
  Parkinsonia aculeata Jerusalem thorn
  Parrotia persica Persian ironwood
  Persea borbonia red bay
  Pinus clausa sand pine
  Pinus echinata shortleaf pine
  Pinus elliottii slash pine
  Pinus nigra Austrian pine
  Pinus palustris longleaf pine
  Pinus thunbergii black pine
  Platycladus orientalis oriental arborvitae
  Pyrus pyrifolia sand pear
  Quercus bicolor swamp white oak
  Quercus cerris Turkish oak
  Quercus coccinea scarlet oak
  Quercus falcata southern red oak
  Quercus geminata sand live oak
  Quercus laevis turkey oak
  Quercus macrocarpa bur oak
  Quercus shumardii Shumard oak
  Sapindus saponaria soapberry
  Sassafras albidum sassafras
  Spathodea campanulata African tuliptree
  Taxodium distichum bald-cypress
  Ulmus pumila Siberian elm

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Vines
  Antigonon leptopus Mexican creeper
  Bignonia capreolata cross vine
  Bougainvillea spp bougainvillea
  Canavalia rosea beach bean
  Clytostoma callistegioides violet trumpet vine
  Cuscuta spp dodder
  Dolichos lablab hyacinth bean
  Ficus pumila creeping fig
  Gelsemium sempervirens Carolina yellow jasmine
  Helianthus debilis beach sunflower
  Ipomoea pes-caprae railroad vine
  Lonicera japonica Japanese honeysuckle
  Passiflora caerulea blue passionflower
  Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides Mexican Flame Vine
  Trachelospermum jasminoides Confederate jasmine
  Vitis rotundifolia muscadine



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