Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Native drought-tolerant plants

Megrnc and I were talking about gardening this weekend and I had told her I would email her this list. I thought I'd go ahead and share it with all my blog readers (that's all 4 of you) since everyone seems to like gardening.

For the Earth week celebration over here at the NIEHS, the NC Botanical Garden did a presentation of native drought-tolerant plants. This was presented by Chris Liloia and Sally Haines from the NC Botanical Garden. This list is also available on their website.


Sessile Blazing-star, Liatris spicata
Eastern Purple-coneflower, Echinacea purpurea
Butterfly Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa
Fire-pink, Silene virginica
Heart-leaf skullcap, Scutellaria ovata
Mound-lily Yucca, Yucca gloriosa
Climbing aster, Ampelaster carolinianus
Wild quinine, Parthenium integrifolium
Fire-pink, Silene virginica
Aromatic American-aster, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
Rough-leaf Goldenrod, Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'
Wild indigo, Baptisia spp.
Savanna Rose-mallow, Hibiscus aculeatus
Downy Phlox, Phlox pilosa 'Eco Happy Traveler’
Eastern Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis
Hairy-stem Spiderwort, Tradescantia hirsuticaulis
Southern Sundrops, Oenothera fruticosa
Greater Tickseed, Coreopsis major
Black-eyed-Susan, Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii

Ground covers

Maryland Golden-aster, Chrysopsis mariana
Rosinweeds, Silphium spp.
Sunflowers, Helianthus spp.
Green-and-gold, Chrysogonum virginianum
Single-head Pussytoes, Antennaria solitaria
Pineland Phlox, Phlox nivalis
American Alumroot, Heuchera Americana
Hairy Alumroot, Heuchera villosa
Christmas Fern, Polystichum acrostichoides
Partridge-berry, Mitchella repens

Coral honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens
Carolina Jessamine, Gelsemium sempervirens

Virginia Sweetspire, Itea virginica
Heart’s-a’bustin’, Euonymus americanus
Maple-leaf Arrow-wood ,Viburnum acerifolium
Downy Arrow-wood, Viburnum rafinesquianum
New Jersey-tea , Ceanothus americanus

Small trees

White Fringetree, Chionanthus virginicus
Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum
Eastern Persimmon, Diospyros virginiana

Native grasses
Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)
Little Bluestem (Schizacharium scoparium)
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)
Plume grass (Saccharum giganteum)
Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)
Hairgrass (Muhlenbergia capillaris)
River oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)

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Melanie said...

Do you know if phlox are the little purple flowers I see surrounding everyone's mailboxes. They look so pretty.

Jeni said...

They are often purple and I believe are starting to bloom about now. I'd need to see a photo to tell you for sure, but are you talking about something that looks like this?

Megrnc said...

some veggies and herbs do well too- peppers for one, and hardy herbs like rosemary and lavender.

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