It gets really hot and dry here.

Southwest Perennials

Summers in Texas can get really dry with cracks in the ground large enough to swallow small children. While many cultivated flower beds languish in the heat with water rationing and restrictions, there are several good choices for drought tolerant landscapes without resorting to cactus.

Southwest Perennials is committed to supporting the educational efforts of many agencies across the State Of Texas for water conservation. We have provided a list of our products which we feel can survive these lean times with proper care and preparation.

Establishing these plants in the Fall and early Spring will be key to dry Summer survival.  Conversely, they should be established in well-drained areas to promote survival during the wet times of the year.



  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • Agastache (Hyssop)
  • Aniscanthus (Flame Acanthus) native
  • Artemesia (Wormwood)
  • Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) native
  • Asters (oblongifolius native)
  • Callirhoe involucrata (Wine cup) native
  • Cat mint (Walker's Low)
  • Calylophus (Texas Primrose) native
  • Caryopteris (blue beard)
  • Damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana) native
  • Delosperma (Ice Plants)
  • Eupatorium (Gregg's Mist Flower) native
  • Gaura (Beeblossum) native
  • Hymenoxys (Four Nerve Daisy) native
  • Lantana (Horrida and Hardy Pink native)
  • Malvaviscus (Turk's Cap) native
  • Melampodium (Blackfoot Daisy) native
  • Mexican Hummingbird Bush (Dicliptera suberecta)
  • Mexican Feather Grass (Stipa/Nasella tenuissima)
  • Mints (peppermint, spearmints)
  • Monarda (Bee Balm)
  • Oenothera Missouri  (Missouri Primrose)
  • Pavonia lasiopetala (Rock Rose) native
  • Perovskia (Russian Sage)
  • Frogfruit (Phyla Nodiflora) native
  • Poliomintha (Mexican Oregano)
  • Rosemary
  • Salvias (Greggii, Duelberg's, Gaurantica)
  • Salvia Maynight
  • Cedar Sage (salvia roemeriana)  native
  • Salvia Leucantha (Mexican Bush Sage)
  • Scabiosa (Pin cushion flower)
  • Santolina (Lavender Cotton)
  • Scutellaria  (Skullcap, pink, purple, white) some native
  • Sedum (100's of varieties)
  • Lamb's Ear (Stachys)
  • Texas Betony (Stachys) native
  • Skeleton-Leaf Golden Eye (viguira stenoloba)  native
  • Copper Canyon Daisy (Tagetes lemmonii)
  • Verbena bipinnatifida (Dakota Vervain) native
  • Lemon Verbena (Aloysia citrodora)
  • Veronica Georgia Blue (speedwell)
  • Zexmenia hispida (wedelia texana) native

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