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Drought-tolerant Perennials

 
 
 
 
FLOWER
BOTANIC NAME
COMMON NAME
DIA
HGT
COLOR
TIME
Perennials:
 
 
 
 
 
achillea ageratifolia
Greek yarrow
17"
4"
white
May
achillea filipendulina 'coronation gold'
coronation gold yarrow
24"
36"
yellow
?
achillea filipendulina 'moonshine'
moonshine yarrow
24"
18"
yellow
June - Aug.
achillea serbica
Serbian yarrow
15"
4"
white
?
achillea spp.
yarrow
18"
27"
varies
May - Sept.
schillea x 'kellereri'
Keller's yarrow
15"
8"
white
June - Aug.
achillea x 'moonshine'
moonshine yarrow
24"
18"
yellow
June - Aug.
adenophora latifolia
lady bells
18"
24"
purple
?
aethionema schistosum
fragrant Persian stonecress
15"
10"
pink
March
agastache cana
giant or double bubblemint hyssop
24"
36"
pink
June - Sept.
agastache neomexicana
New Mexico hummingbird mint
18"
27"
pink
?
agastache rupestris
sunset hyssop/licorise mint
24"
36"
orange
July - Oct.
agastache x 'desert sunrise'
hybrid hummingbird mint
24"
44"
pink
July - Oct.
agave neomexicana
New Mexico century plant
27"
21"
yellow
?
alcca rosea
hollyhock
21"
4'
varies
July - Aug.
allium senescens 'blue twister'
?
10"
12"
pink
June - Aug.
aloinopsis spathulata
hardy living stone
6"
1"
pink
March - ?
alyssum montanum 'mountain gold'
creeping basket of gold
17"
5"
yellow
April - June
anacyclus depressus
Mt. Atlas daisy
15"
3"
white
March
anthemis biebersteiniana
Marshall chamomile
16"
14"
yellow
June
artemisia spp.
wormwood/mugwort/white sage
24"
24"
white
July - Sept.
srtemisia versicolor 'seafoam'
curlicue sage
24"
18"
yellow
?
artemisia x Powis castle
silver sage
30"
36"
none
na
asclepias tuberosa
orange butterfly weed
18"
18"
orange
?
aster spp.
aster/Michaelmas daisy
20"
28"
varies
July - Oct.
aurinia saxatile
basket-of-gold
12"
10"
yellow
April - May
berlandiera lyrata
chocolate flower
18"
15"
yellow
March - Oct.
callirhoe alcaeoides 'Logan Calhoun'
Logan Calhoun white flowered poppy mallow
21"
6"
white
?
callirhoe involucrata
poppy mallow
27"
5"
red
June - Aug.
calylophus hartwegii v. lavandulifolius
sundrops
18"
15"
yellow
June - Aug.
calylophus serrulatus
dwarf sundrops
15"
15"
yellow
May - Aug.
centranthus ruber 'coccineus'
Jupiter's beard
30"
30"
red
May - Aug.
coreopsis grandiflora 'sunray'
?
18"
24"
yellow
June - Aug.
corydalis spp.
corydalis
18"
9"
varies
May - Sept.
dalea purpureum
purple prairie clover
18"
18"
purple
?
delosperma spp.
iceplant
18"
3"
varies
May - June
dianthus gratianopolitanus 'firewitch'
firewitch garden pink
18"
8"
pink
May
dianthus spp.
pinks
12"
7"
varies
May - Aug.
draba spp.
whitlow grass
12"
3"
yellow
March - May
dracocephalum grandiflorum
dragonhead
24"
21"
blue
July - Aug.
echinacea purpurea
purple coneflower
21"
30"
varies
July - Sept.
echinocereus reichenbachii v. baileyi
Bailey's lace cactus
6"
6"
pink
May - ?
echinops banaticus 'blue glow'
blue glow globe thistle
18"
48"
blue
July
eriogonum umbellatum 'Shasta sulfur'
Shasta sulfur buckwheat
24"
21"
yellow
May - June
erodium chrysanthum
yellow stork's bill
12"
5"
yellow
?
eschscholzia californica
California poppy
9"
9"
yellow
April - June
gaillardia grandiflora 'Goblin'
Goblin blanket flower
15"
12"
orange
June - Aug.
gaura lindheimeri 'pink cloud'
pink cloud apple blossom grass
18"
42"
pink
June - Aug.
geum spp.
avens
15"
9"
varies
May - June
gypsophila paniculata
baby's breath
30"
30"
white
Aug. - Sept.
gypsophila repens
creeping baby's breath
9"
4"
white
June
helianthus maximiliana 'lemon yellow'
lemon yellow Maximilian's sunflower
36"
72"
yellow
?
helianthus maximiliana 'santa fe'
Maximilian's sunflower
48"
84"
yellow
Oct.
heliopsis helianthoides
false sunflower
42"
48"
yellow
July - Aug.
hemerocallis hybrids
daylily
27"
24"
varies
July - Aug.
hesperaloe parviflora
Texas red yucca
36"
60"
red
?
heuchera sanguinea
coralbells
12"
18"
varies
June - Sept.
hymenoxys scaposa
thrifty-leaf perky Sue
8"
5"
yellow
?
iris hybrids
dwarf iris
17"
8"
varies
March - May
iris hybrids
tall bearded iris
18"
23"
varied
May - June
knautia macedonica
knautia
21"
39"
purple
May - Oct.
kniphofia uvaria
torch lily/red hot poker
32"
36"
orange
June - Aug.
kniphofia uvaria 'hybrid mix'
red hot poker
36"
36"
orange
June - Aug.
lavandula angustifolia 'hidcote superior'
?
18"
16"
purple
?
lavandula angustfolia 'nana'
dwarf blue lavender
16"
10"
blue
?
lavandula angustifolia 'Melissa'
Melissa pink lavender
18"
18"
white
?
lavandula angustifolia 'Mitcham Gray'
Mitcham Gray lavender
20"
20"
purple
?
lavandula angustifolia 'royal velvet'
royal velvet English lavender
24"
30"
blue
May - June
lavandula x intermedia 'grosso
grosso lavender
24"
30"
purple
?
lavandula x intermedia 'provence'
provence lavendar
24"
30"
purple
?
lavatera thuringiaca
tree mallow
60"
60"
pink
June - Sept.
liatris punctata
gayfeather
18"
18"
pink
Aug.
liatris spicata
gayfeather
21"
27"
varies
July - Aug.
limonium latifolium
perennial blue statice
21"
30"
blue
June - Aug.
limonium spp.
sea lavendar
24"
30"
purple
July - Sept.
linum lewisii 'appar'
appar blue flax
18"
18"
blue
May
linum spp.
flax
13"
21"
varies
May - June
monarda fistulosa
bee balm
27"
30"
blue
July
nepeta
catmint
21"
21"
purple
May - June
nepeta x faassenii 'select blue'
blue catmint
18"
15"
purple
May - Aug.
nepeta x 'Walker's low'
Walker's low catmint
18"
21"
purple
May - Aug.
onethera macrocarpa
Ozark sundrops or Missouri evening primrose
28"
10"
yellow
June - Aug.
oenothera macrocarpa 'Comanche campfire'
Silverleaf evening prinrose
21"
10"
yellow
?
oenothera speciosus 'rosea'
showy pink evening primrose
18"
10"
pink
?
oenothera spp.
sundrops/evening primroses
24"
9"
varies
May - Sept.
origanum libanoticum
cascading ornamental oregano
18"
18"
pink
July - ?
papaver spp.
poppy
16"
12"
varies
May - June
penstemon cardinalis
cardinal penstemon
24"
36"
red
June - Aug.
penstemon catonii "Richfield selection'
firecracker beardtongue
12"
30"
red
?
penstemon linarioides v. coloradoensis
Colorado narrowleaf beardtongue
12"
8"
blue
?
penstemon palmeri
pink wild snapdragon
24"
54"
pink
June - ?
penstemon pinifolius
pineleaf penstemon
24"
15"
orange
June - Aug.
penstemon pinifolius 'compactum'
compact pineleaf penstemon
12"
10"
red
May - ?
penstemon pinifolius 'mersea yellow'
yellow pineleaf penstemon
15"
12"
yellow
June - Aug.
penstemon pinifolius 'shades of mango'
shades of mango pineleaf beardtongue
15"
15"
orange
?
penstemon pseudospectabilis
desert beardtongue
18"
36"
red
May - Oct.?
penstemon spp.
penstemon/beardtongue
22"
23"
varies
June - Aug.
penstemon strictus
Rocky Mountain penstemon
36"
24"
purple
May - June
penstemon tubaeflorus
white plains beardtongue
15"
33"
white
June - ?
penstemon utahensis
Utah beardtongue
12"
27"
red
May - Aug.
penstemon virens
blue mist beardtongue
8"
8"
blue
May - ?
penstemon x mexicali
Pikes Peak purple
15"
18"
purple
?
penstemon x mexicali 'Red Rocks'
Red Rocks hybrid beardtongue
15"
18"
pink
?
perovskia atriplicifolia
Russian sage
42"
3'-9"
blue
Aug. - Oct.
perovskia atriplicifolia 'filigran'
Filigran Russian sage
36"
36"
blue
?
phemeranthus calycinum
flame flower
5"
10"
pink
June - Oct.
phlomis russeliana
hardy Jerusalem sage
20"
36"
yellow
?
phlox paniculata var.
tall garden phlox
21"
30"
varies
July - Aug.
phlox spp.
creeping phlox
18"
4"
varies
April - June
platycodon grandiflora var.
balloon flower
15"
21"
varies
June - Aug.
potentilla spp.
cinquefoil
17"
3"
varies
April - June
potentilla spp.
potentilla
21"
15"
varies
May - July
pulsatilla spp.
pasque flower
9"
8"
varies
March - May
rabia albipuncta
hardy living stone
6"
2"
yellow
March
ratibida columnifera
prairie coneflower
21"
21"
varies
July - Oct.
ratibida columnifera 'Mexican hat'
prairie coneflower
18"
19"
orange
July - ?
ratibida columnifera 'yellow'
yellow prairie coneflower
18"
19"
yellow
July - ?
rudbeckia spp.
black-eyed susan
21"
19"
yellow
Aug. - Sept.
salvia daghestanica
dwarf silver-leaf sage
12"
13"
blue
May - June
salvia nemorosa 'May night'
May night meadow sage
18"
18"
purple
May - ?
salvia nemorosa 'plumosa'
plume-flowered garden sage
15"
18"
purple
?
salvia officinalis 'minima'
dwarf herb sage
18"
15"
blue
May - ?
salvia pachyphylla
giant flowered purple sage
30"
36"
purple
?
salvia pitcheri 'grandiflora'
Pitcher's blue sage
24"
48"
blue
Sept. - ?
salvia spp.
salvia/sage
30"
24"
varies
June - Sept.
santolina chamaecyparissus
santolina/lavender cotton/gray santolina
36"
18"
yellow
?
scutellaria baicalensis
Siberian skullcap
21"
17"
blue
Aug. - Sept.
scutellaria orientalis 'eastern sun select'
yellow oriental skullcap
18"
6"
yellow
June - ?
scutellaria resinosa
prairie skullcap
10"
10"
blue
May - Oct.
sedum 'ruby glow'
ruby glow stonecrop
15"
8"
red
?
sedum sieboldii
October Daphne stonecrop
15"
6"
pink
? - Oct.
sedum spp.
stonecrop
15"
10"
varies
May - Sept.
sedum spp.
tall sedum
21"
21"
varies
June - Aug.
sempervivum spp.
hens & chickens
12"
4"
varies
June - Aug.
silene laciniata
Mexican catchfly
15"
15"
orange
June - Aug.
sisyrinchium spp.
blue eyed grass
12"
9"
varies
May - June
solidago spp.
goldenrod
33"
33"
yellow
July - Sept.
sphaeralcea munroana
orange globe mallow
24"
42"
orange
July
stanleya pinnata
prince's plume
18"
36"
yellow
?
stomatium mustilinum
night-blooming ice plant
6"
2"
yellow
?
tanacetum niveum
snowy tansy/snow daisy/white bouquet tansy
28"
22"
white
?
teucium aroanium
gray creeping germander
18"
3"
pink
June - Aug.
verbascum phoeniceum
purple mullein
21"
27"
varies
May - June
verbena spp.
vervain/perennial verbena
21"
8"
varies
May - Oct.
Veronica incana
silver speedwell
15"
10"
blue
June - Aug.
veronica x blue reflection
blue reflection hybrid creeping speedwell
18"
3"
blue
April - ?
yucca baccata
baccata yucca
48"
42"
white
June - July
yucca glauca
soapweed yucca
36"
36"
white
June - July
yucca spp.
yucca
36"
36"
white
June - July
zauschneria arizonica
hardy hummingbird trumpet
24"
36"
red
?
zauschneria spp.
California fuchsia
27"
21"
red
July - Oct.
zinnia acerosa
white flowered bush zinnia
15"
10"
white
June - Aug.
zinnia grandiflora
prairie zinnia
15"
4"
yellow
Aug. - Oct.
zizophora clinopodioides
blue mint bush
18"
18"
blue
June - Aug.