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Colorado is more likely to be arid than wet. This list of species include the favorite drought-tolerant plants from the Gardens' horticulturists and curators. Many of these species will even survive without any added water once established. Please note that exposure and soils are important to consider when selecting drought-adapted species.

Agave parryi ssp. neomexicana (New Mexico Agave)

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Aquilegia chrysantha (Golden Columbine)

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Arctostaphylos × coloradensis Mock Bearberry (Manzanita)

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Arctostaphylos × coloradensis Panchito (Bearberry)

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Artemisia frigida (Pasture Sagebrush)

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Bouteloua gracilis (Blue Grama Grass)

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Calceolaria arachnoidea (Capachito)

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Calylophus lavandulifolius (Lavanderleaf Sundrops)

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Cercocarpus intricatus (Little Leaf Mountain Mahogany)

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Cercocarpus ledifolius (Curly-Leaf Mountain Mahogany)

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Cercocarpus montanus (True Mountain Mahogany)

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Chamaebatiaria millefolium (Fernbush)

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Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow)

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Clematis fruticosa 'Mongolian Gold' (Clematis)

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Crataegus ambigua (Russian Hawthorn)

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Crocus ancyrensis (Crocus)

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Crocus tommasinianus 'Ruby Giant' (Crocus)

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Hesperocyparis arizonica (Arizona Cypress)

 

Hesperocyparis arizonica (Arizona Cypress)

 

Hesperocyparis bakeri (Baker's Cypress)

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Cylindropuntia whipplei (Whipple Cholla)

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Delosperma 'Alan’s Apricot' (Hardy Ice Plant)

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Delosperma 'Kelaidis' MESA VERDE® (Ice Plant)

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Delosperma cooperi (Ice Plant)

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Dianthus knappii (Yellow Pink)

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Dianthus turkestanicus

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Digitalis obscura (Willow-Leaved Foxglove)

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Ephedra viridis (Green Ephedra)

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Ericameria nauseosa baby blue form ssp. nauseosa (Dwarf Blue Rabbitbrush)

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Eriogonum umbellatum (Sulphur Flower)

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Eriogonum wrightii (Bastard Sage)

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Fritillaria raddeana (Fritillary)

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Gaillardia × grandiflora 'Arizona Apricot' (Blanket Flower)

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Helianthemum 'Wisley Pink' (Sun Rose)

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Hesperaloe parviflora (Red Yucca)

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Iris 'George' (Iris)

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Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' (Lavender)

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Lavandula angustifolia 'Munstead' (English Lavender)

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Lavandula × intermedia 'Grosso' (Lavandin)

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Lavandula × intermedia 'Niko' PHENOMENAL® (Lavandin)

 

Lavandula × intermedia 'Provence' (Lavandin)

 

Lonicera caerulea var. altaica (Altai Honeysuckle)

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Mirabilis multiflora var. glandulosa (Desert Four O'Clock)

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Oenothera cespitosa (Tufted Evening Primrose)

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Opuntia basilaris (Beavertail Cactus)

 

Opuntia phaeacantha (Tulip Prickly Pear)

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Penstemon barbatus (Scarlet Bugler)

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Penstemon eatonii (Eaton's Firecracker)

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Penstemon strictus (Stiff Beardtongue)

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Peraphyllum ramosissimum (Squaw Apple)

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Pinus monophylla (Single Leaf Pine)

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Ptelea trifoliata (Hop Tree)

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Quercus gambelii (Gambel Oak)

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Salvia daghestanica (Dwarf Silver Leaf Sage)

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Salvia pachyphylla (Rose Sage)

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Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem)

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Schizachyrium scoparium 'MinnblueA' Blue Heaven™ (Little Bluestem)

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Sempervivum arachnoideum (Cobweb Houseleek)

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Sempervivum calcareum 'Mrs. Giusseppi' (Hen And Chicks)

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Sphaeralcea coccinea (Prairie Mallow)

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Sporobolus wrightii (Sacaton)

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Syringa meyeri 'Palibin' (Meyer Lilac)

 

Syringa pubescens ssp. patula 'Miss Kim' (Manchurian Lilac)

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Tulipa humilis 'Odalisque' (Tulip)

 

Tulipa linifolia (Flax Leaved Tulip)

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Veronica liwanensis (Turkish Veronica)

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Yucca harrimaniae (Spanish Bayonet)

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Zinnia grandiflora (Rocky Mountain Zinnia)

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