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Drought Resistant Garden Plants

Botanical name
Common name
CA Native
Bird or Butterfly
 water usage
Type
TREES
 
Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset'
Scarlet Maple
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
mod-reg water usage
tree
Aesculus californica
California Buckeye
CA native
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
tree
Arbutus 'Marina'
Marina Strawberry Tree
 
drought tolerant
tree
Calocedrus decurrens
Incense Cedar
CA native
 
drought tolerant
tree
Chionanthus retusus
Chinese Fringe Tree
female tree attracts birds
mod-reg water usage
tree
Cornus nuttallii
Western Dogwood
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
low water usage
tree
Crataegus laevigata 'Paul's Scarlet'
English Hawthorne
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
moderate water usage
tree
Crataegus phaenopyrum
Washington Hawthorne
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
moderate water usage
tree
Lagerstroemia hybrid
Crape Myrtle
Attracts beneficial insects
drought tolerant
tree
Lagerstroemia indica 'Catawba'
Crape Myrtle
Attracts beneficial insects
drought tolerant
tree
Olea europaea 'Swan Hill'
Fruitless Olive
 
drought tolerant
tree
Platanus racemosa
California Sycamore
CA native
Attracts Butterflies
mod-reg water usage
tree
Quercus agrifolia
Coast Live Oak
CA native
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
tree
Quercus coccinea
Scarlet Oak
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
tree
Quercus douglasii
Blue Oak
CA native
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
tree
Quercus kelloggii
California Black Oak
CA native
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
tree
Quercus lobata
Valley Oak
CA native
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
tree
Quercus suber
Cork Oak
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
tree
Quercus wislizenii
Interior Live Oak
CA native
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
tree
Robinia idahoensis 'Purple Robe'
Idaho Locust
 
drought tolerant
tree
SHRUBS & PERENNIALS
 
Agapanthus orientalis
Lily of the Nile
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Agapanthus orientalis 'Peter Pan'
Dwarf Lily of the Nile
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Agave americana var. medio-picta 'Alba'
White-Striped Century Plant
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Arctostaphylos 'Howard McMinn'
Manzanita
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
shrub
Artemisia 'Powis Castle"
Silver Spreader
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow'
Japanese Barberry
Attracts Birds
mod-reg water usage
shrub
Buddleja davidii
Butterfly Bush
Attracts Butterflies
mod-reg water usage
shrub
Carpenteria californica 
Bush Anemone
CA native
 
drought tolerant
shrub
Ceanothus 'Concha'
Ceanothus
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
shrub
Cercis occidentalis
Western Redbud
CA native
Attracts Birds
drought tolerant
shrub
Chrysanthemum maximum
Shasta Daisy
Attracts Butterflies
regular water usage
perennial
Cistus ladanifer
Crimson-Spot Rockrose
 
drought tolerant
shrub
Cistus x purpureus
Orchid Rockrose
 
drought tolerant
shrub
Cistus salviifolius
Sageleaf Rockrose
 
drought tolerant
shrub
Cornus stolonifera
Redtwig Dogwood
CA native
Attracts Birds 
regular water usage
shrub
Echinacea purpurea
Purple Coneflower
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
mod-reg water usage
perennial
Eleagnus pungens
Silver Berry
Attracts Birds
low water usage
shrub
Eriogonum umbellatum 'Polyanthum'
Sulfur Buckwheat
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
shrub
Euryops pectinatus 'Munchkin'
Euryops Daisy
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Feijoa sellowiana
Pineapple Guava
Attracts Birds 
drought tolerant
shrub
Fremontodendron californicum
Flannel Bush
CA native
 
drought tolerant
shrub
Gaura lindheimeri
Gaura
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Grevillea 'Noellii'
Grevillea
Attracts Birds
drought tolerant
shrub
Hemerocallis hybrids
Daylily
 
reg
perennial
Kniphofia uvaria
Red Hot Poker
Attracts Birds
mod-reg water usage
perennial
Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead'
Munstead Lavender
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Lavandula stoechas 'Otto Quast'
Spanish Lavender
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Loropetalum chinense
Razzleberri Fringe Flower
 
regular water usage
shrub
Mahonia Pinnata 'Ken Hartman'
California Holly Grape
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
shrub
Mimulus aurantiacus
Sticky Monkey Flower
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Mimulus 'Pumpkin'
Orange Monkey Flower
CA native
Attracts Birds
drought tolerant
perennial
Nandina domestica
Heavenly Bamboo
 
drought tolerant
shrub
Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream'
Gulf Stream Heavenly Bamboo
 
drought tolerant
shrub
Nandina domestica 'Fireball'
Fireball Heavenly Bamboo
 
drought tolerant
shrub
Penstemon 'Garnet'
Border Penstemon
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Phormium tenax
New Zealand Flax
 
drought tolerant
shrub
Phormium tenax 'Dusky Chief'
New Zealand Flax
 
drought tolerant
shrub
Phormium tenax 'Jack Spratt'
New Zealand Flax
 
drought tolerant
shrub
Phormium tenax 'Maori Maiden'
New Zealand Flax
 
drought tolerant
shrub
Pittosporum tobira 'Variegata'
Variegated Mock Orange
 
low water usage
shrub
Polystichum munitum
California Sword Fern
CA native
 
regular water usage
perennial
Raphiolepis indica 'Ballerina'
Ballerina India Hawthorne
 
drought tolerant
shrub
Rhamnus californica 'Eve Case'
Coffeeberry
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
shrub
Rhamnus crocea
Redberry
CA native
Attracts Birds
drought tolerant
shrub
Ribes aureum
Golden Current
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
shrub
Ribes viburnifolium 
Evergreen Current
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
shrub
Romneya coulteri
Matillija Poppy
CA native
 
low water usage
shrub
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Tuscan Blue'
Rosemary
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
shrub
Rosa californica 
California Rose
CA native
Attracts Birds
low water usage
perennial
Salvia apiana
California White Sage
CA native
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Salvia clevelandii 'Winifred Gilman'
Sage
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Salvia elegans
Pineapple Sage
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Salvia greggii
Autumn Sage
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Salvia leucantha
Mexican Bush Sage
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Salvia uliginosa
Bog Sage
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
regular water usage
perennial
Santolina chamaecyparissus
Lavender Cotton
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
Stone Crop
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Teucrium fruticans
Bush Germander
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Tagetes lemmonii
Copper Canyon Daisy
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
mod-reg water usage
perennial
Tulbaghia violacea
Society Garlic
 
low water usage
perennial
Viburnum tinus 'Spring Bouquet'
Viburnum
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
regular water usage
shrub
Woodwardia fimbriata
Giant Chain Fern
CA native
 
regular water usage
perennial
Xylosma congestum 
Shiny Xylosma
   
moderate water usage
shrub
Yucca filamentosa
Adam's Needle
 
drought tolerant
shrub
GROUNDCOVERS, PERENNIALS & GRASSES
 
Achillea millefolium
Common Yarrow
CA native
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Arctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet'
Emerald Carpet Manzanita
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
groundcover
Baccharis pilarus 'Twin Peaks'
Dwarf Coyote Brush
CA native
 
drought tolerant
groundcover
Bouteloua gracilis
Blue Grama Grass
CA native
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Ceanothus griseus horizontalis 'Yankee Point'
Carmel Creeper
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
groundcover
Centrathus ruber
Jupiter's Beard or Red Valerian
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Cistus 'Sunset'
Sunset Rockrose
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Coreopsis grandiflora
Coreopsis
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'
Coreopsis
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Cotonaster 'Coral Beauty'
Cotoneaster
Attracts Birds
drought tolerant
groundcover
Delosperma cooperi
Ice Plant
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Dymondia margaretae
Dymondia
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Echeveria 'Imbricata' 
Hen and Chicks
 
moderate water usage
perennial
Erigeron karvinskianus
Santa Barbara Daisy
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Eschscholzia californica
California Poppy
X
 
drought tolerant
Festuca ovina 'Glauca'
Blue Fescue
 
mod-reg water usage
perennial
Gazania species
Gazania
 
mod-reg water usage
perennial
Helianthemum nummularium
Sun Rose
 
mod water usage
perennial
Helictotrichon sempervirens
Blue Oat Grass
 
regular water usage
perennial
Heuchera 'Santa Ana Cardinal'
Coral Bells
CA native
 
mod-reg water usage
perennial
Iris douglasiana
Pacific Coast Iris
CA native
 
low water usage
perennial
Iris
Bearded Iris
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Juncus patens
California Gray Rush
CA native
 
ample water usage 
perennial
Lessingia filaginifolia var. californica 'Silver Carpet'
Silver Carpet California Aster
CA native
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Mahonia repens
Creeping Mahonia
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
groundcover
Miscanthus sinensis
Japanese Silver Grass
 
mod-reg water usage
perennial
Muhlenbergia capillaris
Pink Muhly
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Muhlenbergia rigens
Deer Grass
CA native
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Muscari armeniacum
Grape Hyacinth
 
bulb
Narcissus
Daffodil
 
drought tolerant
bulb
Penstemon heterophylla 'Margarita BOP'
Blue Bedder
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Pennisetum orientale
Oriental Fountain Grass
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
Dwarf Rosemary
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
groundcover
Sedum oreganum
Green Stone Crop
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Senecio mandraliscae
Blue Finger    Hardiness 350
 
low-mod water usage 
groundcover
Sisyrinchium bellum
Blue Eyed Grass
CA native
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Stachy's byzantina
Lambs Ear
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Stipa Gigantea
Giant Feather Grass
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Thymus praecox arcticus
Creeping Thyme
 
drought tolerant
perennial
Verbena x hybrida 'Homestead'
Verbena
Attracts Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
Zauschneria californica 
California Fuchsia
CA native
Attracts Birds & Butterflies
drought tolerant
perennial
TURF
 
Festuca rubra commutata &                                   Festuca rubra 'Molate Blue'
No-Mow Fescue           Chewings Fescue &     Creeping Red Fescue
 
drought tolerant
grass
90% Mustang Hybrid Tall Fescue &                                   10% Kentucky Bluegrass
Lawn Sod
 
mod-reg water usage
grass

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American River Water Education Center at Folsom Dam
Physical Location:  7785 Folsom-Auburn Rd., Folsom, CA
Mailing address:  7794 Folsom Dam Rd., Folsom, CA  95630
Phone: (916) 989-7132 or center (916) 989-7100
Directions

April 13, 2012