Category Archives: drought tolerant

Sandberg bluegrass

Common name: Sandberg bluegrass Botanical name: Poa secunda, Poa sandbergii Light: full sun Height: 8 – 20 inches Water: little; drought tolerant once established Soil type: various soils from rich clay loam to stony, rocky soils Small perennial, cool season, native bunchgrass; one of … Continue reading

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Rock Gardens

  A rock garden plant community thrives in rocky well-drained soils in full sun. While many of these species are vernal (springtime) we have selected a collection of plants that grow between 2 -14 inches and provide season-long blooms. Our rock garden community plants … Continue reading

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broad-leaf penstemon (Penstemon angustifolius)

  Common name: broad-leaf penstemon Botanical name: Penstemon angustifolius Light: full sun Height: 8 – 24 inches Water: low, drought tolerant Soil type: sandy or rocky to loamy soils Perennial wildflower with long tubular purple to pink flowers and smooth, waxy, gray … Continue reading

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fern-leaf biscuitroot (Lomatium dissectum)

  Common name: fern-leaf biscuitroot Botanical name: Lomatium dissectum Light: full sun Height: 18 – 50 inches Water: moderate to low Soil type: well-drained gravelly to sandy loam blooms in early summer; large yellow flowers in flat-topped umbels; fern-like leaves and roots are edible; an interesting lacy texture in … Continue reading

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big-seed biscuitroot (Lomatium macrocarpum)

  Common name: big-seed biscuitroot Botanical name: Lomatium macrocarpum Light: full sun Height: 4 – 10 inches Water: moderate to low Soil type: well-drained gravelly to sandy loam blooms in early summer; tiny whitish flowers in flat-topped umbels; parsley-like leaves and roots are edible; great for … Continue reading

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biscuitroot (Lomatium cous)

  Common name: biscuitroot Botanical name: Lomatium cous Light: full sun Height: 4 – 8 inches Water: moderate to low Soil type: gravelly to sandy loam blooms in spring; tiny yellow flowers in flat-topped umbels; parsley-like leaves are edible; great for rock gardens and borders … Continue reading

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pygmy bitterroot (Lewisia pygmaea v. nevadensis)

  Common name: pygmy bitterroot, Nevada bitterroot Botanical name: Lewisia pygmaea v. nevadensis, Lewisia nevadensis Light: Full sun Height: 1 – 2 inches Water: moderate; needs springtime moisture Soil type: rapidly draining gravelly and rocky soils Perennial wildflower with white 6 – 8 petalled flowers in … Continue reading

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yellow desert fleabane (Erigeron linearis)

  Common name: yellow desert fleabane Botanical name: Erigeron linearis Light: full sun Height:  2 – 12 inches Water: low in spring, drought tolerant Soil type: sandy to rocky Perennial wildflower with narrow linear leaves and 1/3″ yellow daisy-like flowers; blooms midsummer; taproot; great for … Continue reading

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Wyoming big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata v. wyomingensis)

  Common name: Wyoming big sagebrush Botanical name: Artemisia tridentata v. wyomingensis Light: Full sun Height: 12 – 30 inches Water: low, drought tolerant Soil type: variety of soils Perennial shrub with silver-green three-tipped narrow leaves and inconspicuous yellowish flowers in late … Continue reading

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ballhead sandwort (Arenaria congesta)

  Common name: ballhead sandwort Botanical name: Arenaria congesta Light: Full sun Height: 6 – 12 inches Water: low, drought tolerant Soil type: well-drained sandy to rocky soils Perennial alpine wildflower with fine leaves (grass-like) with clusters of small white 5-petalled flowers … Continue reading

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