Top Drought Tolerant Plants Listed

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, May 8, 2009

It’s called the Arboretum All-Stars...a directory of 100 attractive, low-maintenance plants created by the UC Davis Arboretum. 

Ellen Zagory is the director of horticulture. 

“We found that plants that are native to the Mediterranean regions of the world and like southern Australia, they’re also very drought-tolerant, able to tolerate our climate and still even support things like hummingbirds and pollinators. So they’re very compatible with our native flora and they help us have a more year-round green garden.” 

Zagory says they came up with the list to help people save water.

She says her favorite Arboretum All-Star is an evergreen tree known as Toyon. It has white flowers in the spring, red berries in the winter, and only needs to be watered once-a-month in the summer.