The Q&A Archives: Salt Tolerant Cut Flowers

Question: I am interested in finding annuals, perennials, bulbs or small shrubs that can be harvested for cut flowers, cut dried flowers, cut flowering branches, etc. Here's the clincher: USDA zone 9c (but shade cloth will be used), year-round production desired, poor soil: high soluble salts and mostly sand (will be amended with municiple sludge compost having a neutral pH). Drought tolerance would be nice but not necessary as microirrigation will be used.

Answer: Wow, there is quite a list of flowers for your situation. I will start with annuals: Amaranthus, Zinnia, Alyssum, Cleome, Daisy, Gaillardia, Salvia, Verbena. Now for the perennials: Achillea, Acanthus, Amsonia, Anthemis, Armeria, Artemisia, Aruncus, Asclepias, Baptisia, Brunnera, Campanula, Coreopsis, Digitalis, Echinacea, Echinops, Filipendula, Daylily, Coralbells, Kniphofia, Liatris, Lythrum, Monarda, Platycodon, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Scabiosa, Solidago, Stokesia, Veronica, Verbascum. All ornamental grasses should thrive in your environment and as you know, they greatly compliment flower arrangements.

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