Central Florida - drought tolerant choices - Knowledgebase Question

Palm Bay, Fl
Question by blochb9
June 4, 2010
My 3 foot wide flower bed faces south. What are colorful choices for drought-likely conditions in central FL ?


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Answer from NGA
June 4, 2010

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Some outstanding drought tolerant plants for Florida gardens include the following: Cosmos sulphureus (orange cosmos), Gaillardia pulchella (blanket flower), Gomphrena globosa (globe amaranth ), Leonotis nepetifolia (annual lion's) Phaseolus acutifolius (tepary bean), Portulaca grandiflora (moss rose), Zinnia elegans (zinnia) and Zinnia haageana (Mexican zinnia). 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).

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