I would like plants that are drought resistant, full sun exposure, and pretty - Knowledgebase Question

Chula Vista, Ca
Question by nonny1947
November 3, 2009
I need names of plants for the san diego area. The area is full sun and I would like drought resistant plants. This is a small area. Soil is dry.

Answer from NGA
November 3, 2009


Too bad you have such a small area because there are dozens and dozens of sun-loving, drought-tolerant plants! Here's a short list:
Achillea (Yarrow); Aegopodium (Snow-on-the-Mountain, Bishop's Weed); Agastache (Anise Hyssop); Ajuga (Bugleweed); Alcea (Hollyhocks); Alchemilla (Lady's Mantle);
Allium (Chives); Anthemis (Golden Marguerite); Arabis (Rock Cress); Arenaria (Mountain Sandwort); Armeria (Common Thrift, Sea Pinks); Artemisia (Wormwood, Silver Mound Artemesia); Asclepias tubeRosa (Butterfly Weed); Astilbe chinensis (Chinese Astilbe); Aurinia (Basket-of-Gold, Perennial Alyssum); Baptisia (Blue False Indigo);
Belamcanda (Blackberry Lily); Buddleia (Butterfly Bush); Calamagrostis (Feather Reed Grass); Calamintha (Calamint); Caryopteris (Blue Mist Shrub); Catananche (Cupid's Dart); Centaurea (Perennial Bachelor's Button); Centranthus (Red Valerian, Jupiter's Beard); Cerastium (Snow in Summer); Coreopsis (Tickseed); Cortaderia (Pampas Grass);
Delosperma (Ice Plant); Dianthus (Pinks); Digitalis (Foxglove); Echinacea (Coneflower); Echinops (Globe Thistle); Epimedium (Barrenwort); Erianthus (Ravenna Grass); Euonymus (Purple Leaf Wintercreeper); Euphorbia (Cushion Spurge); Festuca (Blue Fescue); Gaillardia (Blanket Flower); Gaura (Wand Flower); Geranium sanguineum (Hardy Geranium, Cranesbill); Gypsophila (Baby's Breath); Hedera (English Ivy);
Helictotrichon (Blue Oat Grass); Helleborus (Lenten Rose); Hemerocallis (Daylily);
Heuchera (Coral Bells); Iberis (Candytuft); Incarvillea (Hardy Gloxinia); Iris-Tall Bearded; Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker, Tritoma); Lamiastrum (Yellow Archangel);
Lamium; Lavandula (Lavender); Lewisia; Liatris (Gayfeather, Blazing Star); Linum (Flax); Liriope (Lily-turf); Malva (Hollyhock Mallow); Miscanthus (Maiden Grass);
nepeta (Catmint); Oenothera (Sundrops, Evening Primrose); Pachysandra (Japanese Spurge); Paeonia (Peony); Papaver (Poppy); Pardancanda (Candylily); Parthenocissus (Boston Ivy); Pennisetum (Fountain Grass); Penstemon (Beardtongue); Perovskia (Russian Sage); Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox); Polygonum aubertii (Silver Lace Vine); Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern); Potentilla (Cinquefoil);
Pulmonaria (Lungwort, Bethlehem Sage); Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan); Salvia (Sage);
Saponaria (Rock Soapwort); Schizachyrium (Little Bluestem); Sedum (Stonecrop);
Sempervivum (Hen & Chicks); Stachys (Lamb's Ear); Stokesia (Stokes' Aster);
Tanacetum (Painted Daisy); Thymus (Creeping Thyme); Verbascum (Mullein); Vinca (Myrtle, Periwinkle); Yucca (Adam's Needle).

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