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WATER WISE: Water Wise Plants

Submitted by the: UCCE Master Gardeners of Colusa County

Many people have asked the UCCE Master Gardeners of Colusa County “What water-wise plants can I grow in my landscape?” We are going to highlight 3 plants every other week.

Yarrow, Achillea

YarrowYarrows are a carefree plant. They generously bloom in summer and into early fall. Leaves are gray or green. Flower heads are usually flat clusters. Yarrows need only routine care. They are water-wise once established. This is a full sun plant. Yellow is a common color for yarrow but it can also be pink or white.

Blue Grama Grass, Bouteloua

Blue Gramma GrassThis grass is about 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. One or two in a border is striking but massed together they create a beautiful meadow. After established it needs virtually no water. The flower (inflorescences) is oddly attractive because it flowers on one side of the stem only. You can mow or cut it back once a year to a couple of inches high. It needs full sun.

Hens and Chicks, Echeveria

Hens and chicksHens and chicks take me back to my childhood. This is a succulent. It is a water-wise plant that needs a little bit of shade. Sculptural foliage rosettes look like blue-green succulent “flowers”. It spreads by producing plantlets that slowly form a groundcover.

Plant descriptions and pictures are from:

  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • UC Davis Arboretum, All-Stars
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