Drought Tolerant Shrubs

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Drought tolerant shrubs from the Colorado Plateau and the Great Basin. They are great in the landscape where irrigation is restricted.

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The Eriogonum corymbosum another drought tolerant shrub. A fourteen inch shrub with white flowers in the early fall and they turn rusty red and then dark brown during the winter. Drought Tolerant Shrubs, White Flowering Shrubs, Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, Deck With Pergola, Irrigation, White Flowers, The Neighbourhood, Yard

The Eriogonum corymbosum another drought tolerant shrub. A fourteen inch shrub with white flowers in the early fall and they turn rusty red and then dark brown during the winter.

Salvia pachyphylla does well in a varieties of climates. Comes from the higher elevations near San Diego. It does well in Holden, Utah and Twin Falls and Meridian Idaho. Handles drought and freezing weather. Hanging Plants, Indoor Plants, Drought Tolerant Shrubs, California Native Garden, Meridian Idaho, Twin Falls, Salvia, Plant Design, Garden Landscaping

Salvia pachyphylla does well in a varieties of climates. Comes from the higher elevations near San Diego. It does well in Holden, Utah and Twin Falls and Meridian Idaho. Handles drought and freezing weather.

Rubber Rabbit brush, Ericameria nauseosa, grows in many of the western states. Green in the spring and summer. Blooms in fall with a lot of yellow flowers, Utah. Yellow Flowers, Wild Flowers, Rabbit Brush, Drought Tolerant Shrubs, Kanab Utah, Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, The Rock, Survival

Rubber Rabbit brush, Ericameria nauseosa, grows in many of the western states. Green in the spring and summer. Blooms in fall with a lot of yellow flowers. Pictured is Rabbit Brush in the red rock canyons near Kanab, Utah. Survives on 10 to 20 inches of annual rainfall.

Ephedra viridis with the common names of Mormon Tea, Brigham Tea, and Mountain Joint Fir, grows in the lower ranges of the Rock Mountains.  There are no leaves, but the green stems are used by some to make an herbal tea.  It makes a very attractive landscape plant.  It has a mature height of two to three feet with a width of four feet. Mormon Tea, Drought Tolerant Shrubs, Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, Common Names, Landscaping Plants, Irrigation, The Rock, Wild Flowers

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Ephedra viridis with the common names of Mormon Tea, Brigham Tea, and Mountain Joint Fir, grows in the lower ranges of the Rock Mountains. There are no leaves, but the green stems are used by some to make an herbal tea. It makes a very attractive landscape plant. It has a mature height of two to three feet with a width of four feet.

Some grow more as shrubs then trees. This one is about six feet tall and called Little Leaf Mountain Mahogany, Cercocarpus intricatus. These are evergreen and always looks good. There deer are known to keep it pruned and make it a more dense shrub. Drought Tolerant Shrubs, Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, Xeriscaping, Plant Design, Evergreen, The Selection, Deer, Garden Ideas

Some grow more as shrubs then trees. This one is about six feet tall and called Little Leaf Mountain Mahogany, Cercocarpus intricatus. These are evergreen and always looks good. There deer are known to keep it pruned and make it a more dense shrub.

Herriman yucca These are very happy in a dry landscape. I haven't observed mine flowering every year, but they are frequent flower-ers. Drought Tolerant Shrubs, Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, Irrigation, Outdoors, Landscape, Happy, Garden, Flowers

Herriman yucca These are very happy in a dry landscape. I haven't observed mine flowering every year, but they are frequent flower-ers.