DROUGHT TOLERANT PLANTS

Many Southern plants have an inherent drought tolerance and can survive long periods of limited rainfall. Using these plants in your landscape will help keep you from having to water regularly. Here is a listing of plants known to have above average tolerance to drought:

TURF GRASSES – Very Drought Tolerant
Carpet Grass
Centipede
Common Bermuda
St. Augustine
Tall Fescue
Tifway/Tifgreen Bermuda
Moderately Tolerant
Kentucky Bluegrass
Zoysia

ORNAMENTAL GRASSES – Very Drought Tolerant
Australian Fountain
Grass
Blue Wild Rye
Chinese Silver Grass
Feather Reed Grass
Feathertop Grass
Japanese Sedge Grass
Maiden Grass
Pampas Grass
Porcupine Grass
Pumila – Dwarf Pampas
Ravenna Grass
Ribbon Grass/Gardeners
Garters
Upland Sea Oats
Variegated Equalia
Variegated Giant Reed
Moderately Tolerant
Crimson Fountain
Grass
Fountain Grass
Zebra Grass
ANNUALS
Very Drought Tolerant
Blanket Flower
California Poppy
Cockscomb
Creeping Zinnia
Dusty Miller
Madagascar Periwinkle
Melampodium
Marigold
Ornamental Kale
Pansy
Snapdragon
Sweet Alyssum
Wax Begonia
Zinnia

HERBACEOUS PERENNIALS – Very Drought Tolerant
Aster
Baptisia
Beebalm
Blue Salvia
Butterfly Weed
Coral Bells
Daylily
Gaillardia
Goldenrod
Sedum
Tritoma (Red Hot Poker)
Verbena
Yarrow
Moderately Tolerant
Babys Breath
Columbine
Coreopsis
Evergreen Candytuft
Garden Chrysanthemum
Gayfeather
Gerbera Daisy
Hosta
Iris
Lenten Rose
Peony
Purple Coneflower
Phlox
Purple Loosestrife
Rudbeckia
Shasta Daisy
Speedwell
Stokes Aster

GROUND COVERS – Very Drought Tolerant
Aaronsbeard
Algerian Ivy
Asiatic Jasmine
Creeping Juniper
English Ivy
Juniper
Lantana
Liriope
Mondograss
Periwinkle
St. John’s Wort
Thrift
Wintercreeper

VINES – Very Drought Tolerant
Banks Rose
Carolina Jessamine
Chinese Wisteria
Confederate Jasmine
Coral Vine
Fireleaf Akebia
Goldflame Honeysuckle
Japanese Creeper
Trumpet Honeysuckle
Trumpet Vine
Virginia Creeper
Moderately Tolerant
Climbing Fig
Climbing Roses
Fatshedera
Large Flowered Clematis
Sweet Autumn Clematis

SMALL SHRUBS (2 – 5 feet) – Very Drought Tolerant
Andorra Juniper
Bumald Spirea
Carissa Holly
Dwarf Acuba
Dwarf Chinese Holly
Dwarf Yaupon Holly
Green Luster Holly
Harbour Dwarf/
Gulfstream
Indian Hawthorne
Japanese Barberry
Japanese Boxwood
Japanese Kerria
Lavendar Cotton
Parsons Juniper
Privet Honeysuckle
Santa Cruz Firethorn
Showy Jasmine
Slender Deytzia
Snowmound
Thunberg Spirea
Virginia Sweetspire
Winter Jasmine
Moderately Tolerant
Inkberry
Leatherleaf Mahonia
Nandina or Heavenly
Bamboo
Oakleaf Hydrangea
Primrose Jasmine
Scotch Broom
Thunberg Lespedeza
Vanhoutte Spirea
Wintergreen Barberry

LARGE SHRUBS (8 feet +) – Very Drought Tolerant
Burford Holly
Butterfly Bush
Chinese Privet
Doublefile Viburnum
European
Cranberrybush
Flowering Quince
Fortunes Osmanthus
Hetz Juniper
Japanese Privet
Leyland Cypress
Pfitzer Juniper
Prague Viburnum
Shrub Althea (Rose of Sharon)
Southern Waxmyrtle
Staghorn Sumac
Star Magnolia
Sweet Mockorange
Sweetshrub
Thorny Elaeagnus
Vernal Witchhazel
Vicary Golden Privet
Waxleaf Privet
Wayfaringtree
Winged Euonymus
Yaupon Holly
Moderately Tolerant
Bigleaf Hydrangea
Border Forsythia
Evergreen Azaleas
Japanese Acuba
Mountain Laurel

SMALL TREES – Very Drought Tolerant
American Hornbean
Bradford Pear
Carolina Cherry Laurel
Chastetree
Common Smoketree
Crape Myrtle
Goldenraintree
Leyland Cypress
Lusterleaf Holly
Nellie R. Stevens
Holly
Osage-Orange
Possumhaw
Savannah Holly
Silverbell
Sourwood
Trident Maple
Virginia Pine
Moderately Tolerant
American Holly
Flowering Crab
Fringe Tree or Grancy
Graybeard
Japanese Cherry
Loquat
Redbud
Saucer Magnolia
Yoshino Cherry

LARGE TREES – Very Drought Tolerant
American Sweetgum
Common Bald Cypress
Dawn Redwood
Florida Maple
Green Ash
Japanese Pagodatree
Japanese Zelkova
Live Oak
Loblolly Pine
Sawtooth Oak
Scarlet Oak
Shumard Oak
Slash Pine
Southern Sugar Maple
True Chinese Elm/
Lacebark Elm