Low-Water/Drought-Resistant Plants

California Friendly Guide for Landscapers

A maintenance guide for landscapers, gardeners and land managers.


California Friendly Guide for Landscapers.pdf

This list is a good representation of low-water consuming plants that are easily available.

Please check with your local nursery for their suggestions about what is best suited to your area.
 

Flowering Plants

  • Achillea (yarrow)

  • Aloe

  • Callistemon citrinus (lemon bottlebrush)

  • Cassia artemisioides (feathery cassia)

  • Centranthus Tuber (red valerian)

  • Cistus (rockrose)

  • Convolvulus cneorum (bush morning glory)

  • Cortaderia selloana (pampas grass)

  • Coreopsis verticillata

  • Cotinus coggygria (smoke tree)

  • Cytisus and spartium (broom)

  • Echium fastuosum(pride of Madeira)

  • Escallonia

  • Eriogonum (buckwheat)

  • Fremontodendrom (fremontia)

  • Garrya elliptica

  • Kniphofia uvaria (red-hot poker)

  • Lantana

  • Lavandula (lavender)

  • Lemonium perezii (sea lavender)

  • Nerium oleander (oleander)

  • Ochna serrulata (Mickey Mouse plant)

  • Pennisetum setaceum (fountain grass)

  • Plumbago auriculatta (cape plumbago)

  • Poinciana gilliesii (bird of paradise bush)

  • Romneya coulteri (Matilija poppy)

  • Satureja montana (winter savory)

  • Teucrium fruticans (bush germander)

 

Foliage Plants

  • Agave

  • Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree)

  • Artemisia (wormwood)

  • Atriplex (saltbush)

  • Centaurea gymnocarpa

  • Dodonaea viscosa (hopseed bush)

  • Elaeagnus

  • Pittosporum (some species)

  • Portulacaria afra (elephant's food)

  • Prunus lyoni, P. ilicifolia, P. caroliniana

  • Rhamnus alaternus, R. crocea ilicifolia

  • Rhus ovata (sugar bush)

  • Senecio cineraria (dusty miller)

  • Xylosma congestum

  • Yucca
     

Trees

  • Acacia (certain species)

  • Casaurina (Beefwood)

  • Cedrus deodara

  • Certonia siliqua (carob)

  • Cercis occidentalis (western redbud)

  • Cercidium (palo verde)

  • Cupressus glabra (Arizona cypress)

  • Eriobotrya japonica (loquat)

  • Eucalyptus

  • Geijera parvifolia

  • Hakea (tree types)

  • Heteromeles arbutifolia (toyon)

  • Juglans hindsii (California black walnut)

  • Lyonothamnus floribundus asplenifolius (Catalina ironwood)

  • Melaleuca linarifolia, M. styphelioides

  • Olea europaea (olive)

  • Palms

  • Parkinsonia aculeata (Mexican palo verde)

  • Pinus (pines)

  • Pistacia chinensis (Chinese pistache)

  • Quercus (oaks)

  • Rhusiancea

  • Robinia (locust)

  • Schinus molle (California pepper)

  • Sequoiadendron gigantrum (big tree)

  • Tamarix apliylla (salt cedar)
     

Vines

  • Bougainvillea

  • Campsis (trumpet creeper)

  • Solanum hartwegii (cup-of-gold vine)

  • Solanum jasminoides (potato vine)

  • Tecomaria capensis (cape honeysuckle)

  • Vitis vinifera (wine grape)

  • Wisteria
     

Ground Cover

  • Baccharis pilularis (dwarf coyote brush)

  • Gazania

  • Hypericum calycinum (creeping St. Johnswort)

  • Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary)

  • Santolina chamaecyparissus
     

Many Forms

  • Ceanothus

  • Cotoneaster

  • Grevillea

  • Juniperus (juniper)

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