Drought Tolerant Plants

Lets face it, at certain times of the year water use is a big concern. The plants listed here don't require additonal watering, and are visually striking, so there is no need to sacrifice design for practicality. These are by far not the only drought tolerant plants we offer and you will find others listed in other categories, so be sure to check them out as well.



Agave is an excellent choice for the pool deck, and any other hot, dry location. They grow slowly and need little care. They have symmetrical, succulent leaves that work well as a design element against modern architecture

Bismarck Palm

Bismarck Palm

The Bismarck Palm (Bismarchia nobilis) is a wonderful focal plant. It is not recommended for small properties. It grows slowly, eventually reach a height of 40 to 70 feet, with a canopy spread of 15 to 20 feet. It’s not fussy about soil, is insect and disease free, and prefers full sun. The first year it needs to be watered regularly but one established is drought tolerant.

Chinese Fan Palm

Chinese Fan Palm

The Chinese Fan Palm (Livistona chinensis) grows slowly, commonly reaching a mature height of 15 to 25 feet. It is a good palm for smaller properties and can also be used as an understory plant, especially when young. It prefers full sun or partial shade and tolerates heat and drought as well as temperatures as low as the mid twenties.



(C.guttifera) also know as pitch apple is drought tolerant and salt tolerant, and becoming more popular as a hedge. It branches low and has large, thick leathery leaves, which work well as a privacy screen. It can be trimmed to stay within 5 or 6 ft. It prefers full sun, or partial shade and requires good drainage. Scratch your initials on a leaf and it will stay forever.

crown of thorns

Crown of Thorns

(Euphorbia Milii ) is a very spiny semi succulent shrub that reaches 3 ft in height. It thrives on poor soil and neglect, and prefers full sun. Some watering will keep it from dropping leaves and encourage blooming. It’s spines make it a excellent barrier when grown as a small hedge. The plant is poisonous to fish.

desert rose

Desert Rose

(Adenium obesum )A Distinctive looking, ever blooming plant, that thrives on heat and neglect. It prefers full sun and very little water. Too much fertilizer will diminish the number of blooms. It’s not fussy about soil but good drainage is a must.

foxtail palm

Foxtail Palm

Foxtail palm (wodyetia bifurcate), has a mature height of 30 feet,(good for most homes) with a crown that measures 15 to 20 ft. It will tolerate a wide range of soil types and is not bothered by pests or diseases. It does well in both full sun and partial shade and will tolerate drought and a light frost (27 degrees). Newly planted trees will require regular watering the first season.



(Lantana camara) is a non-stop bloomer and attractive to butterflies. The flowers come in a wide range of colors and as the flowers age, they often change color. They are extremely easy to grow. If it is killed to the ground by freezing temperatures it will grow back with warmer weather. It is toxic and should not be planted near to pets, grazing animals, or small children.



(Nerium oleander) is a fragrant, evergreen shrub or small tree, that is often used as a wind break, or informal hedge. It does best in full sun, but will adapt to partial shade. It will tolerate a wide range of moisture levels and has a high salt tolerance. All parts of the plant are poisonous so don’t plant it near grazing animals, pets, or small children.



(Sansevieria trifasciata) is also known as snakeplant or mother-in-law’s tongue. It grows about 2 feet tall and is not only drought tolerant, but will grow in deep shade as well as full sun. It blooms rarely, but the fragrance of the flowers is worth waiting for.

Texas sage is alsoknown as purple sage

Texas Sage

(Leucophyllum frutescens) also known as purple sage is an evergreen desert plant that flowers several times a year.It takes pruning well and can be used as a low hedge. It prefers full sun and thrives on neglect. It doesn’t like fertilizer or compost, and once established should be treated like the desert plant it is.