Living in a dry climate takes a toll on many plants and flowers. However, several types of hardy plants are built for survival. These evolved to survive in extremely dry weather, especially during droughts. The soil their roots live in is completely depleted of moisture in these events. Here’s a list of drought-resistant plants made to survive the driest of conditions.
1. Sunset Strain – ‘Lewisia cotyledon‘
These tall and gorgeous flowers bloom from Oregon to California but can thrive in any dry climate. Their classic shapes show up in patches of orange, pink, and fuchsia. They thrive in rock beds and dry soil. Their hardiness zones are one through seven and fourteen through seventeen. They’re large for a typical flower at one foot tall and ten inches wide.
2. Creeping Phlox – ‘Phlox subulata‘
For those wanting low-maintenance flowers, these are a great pick. They are usually used for moderate to extensive ground cover in dry climates. They add beautiful pops of bright color to the harshest environment. They’re perennials, so no re-planting is necessary. During its growth, Creeping Phlox can reach six inches high and spread almost two feet in total diameter.
3. Butterfly Weed – ‘Asclepias tuberosa‘
These perennials can reach between one and three feet high. They love full days of sun exposure and dry sands. Butterfly Weed can also thrive in rock gardens. Its bright orange and yellow blooms produce large amounts of nectar to attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. Monarch Butterflies use its specific nectar to feed their larvae. Planting these gorgeous flowers can draw the most beautiful creatures to any garden.
4. Autumn Sage – ‘Salvia greggii‘
Autumn Sage is also called Cherry Sage and Texas Sage. This colorful plant craves dry weather. Some varieties do well in hardiness zone six, but most thrive in zones seven through nine. Autumn Sage is very tolerant of heat and sun but prefers a few hours of shade in the afternoon. It is a perennial that hosts an extensive flowering season. Winter is the only season blooms cannot be seen.
5. Cape Blanco – ‘Sedum spathulifolium‘
These decorative succulents grow in ground cover and produce small yellow flowers. Their spade-shaped leaves are about two centimeters long. This succulent is native to the dry areas of western North America and can thrive as far south as Columbia. It is tolerant of heat and sun but does well with a few hours of shade. Cape Blanco even received a merit for its gardening uses from the Royal Horticultural Society.
6. Desert Lavender – ‘Hyptis emoryi‘
Desert Lavender thrives in dry areas. It produces a nectar that honeybees love. This shrub can grow up to one and a half feet tall. The light violet flowers are about one-inch long. This perennial is known for its pleasant aroma. Desert Lavender is planted in gardens with dry, sandy, or rocky soil.
7. Mexican Cactus – ‘Echinocactus grusoni‘
The Mexican Cactus is covered in golden spines that seem to glow in the sun. It can grow up to four feet tall and two feet wide. During the heat of summer, yellow flowers sit like cherries atop these cacti.
Finding plants tough enough for the harshest conditions is easy. There are hundreds of drought-resistant plants. This list will help any gardener begin their search to brighten up their outdoor space.