Desert Color - Knowledgebase Question

Oro Valley, Ar
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Question by larry11
October 6, 2010
I live just NW of Tucson, Az. I like color in my potted plants and a minimum of watering. I also prefer not to bring plants inside during the winter.

Can you give me a list of plants that meet these criteria?


Answer from NGA
October 6, 2010
Some outstanding drought tolerant plants include the following: Cosmos sulphureus (orange cosmos), Gaillardia pulchella (blanket flower), Gomphrena globosa (globe amaranth ), Leonotis nepetifolia (annual lion's tail) Phaseolus acutifolius (tepary bean), Portulaca grandiflora (moss rose), Zinnia elegans (zinnia) and Zinnia haageana (Mexican zinnia), Salvia, dwarf bottlebrush, and dwarf ruella. Succulents include: 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) and Tradescantia pallida (purple heart). Hope these suggestions are helpful.

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