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Drought Tolerant Perennials

Well, we do love our perennial beds and borders with showy flowers and foliage that cones back year after year here in Alexander County. However, often our dry summer months in North Carolina can cause a problem. Often irrigating or frequent watering in these spots is not possible or we just may not have the time. So the ultimate solution is to use some of the proven drought tolerant perennials. So here it is, NC State University’s list of exceptional drought tolerant perennials for you to use.

Common Name Scientific Name Common Name Scientific Name
Ajuga, Carpet bugle Ajuga reptans Helleborus, Lenten rose Helleborus orientalis
Artemisia Artemisia Hosta, Plantain lily Hosta spp.
Asters Aster spp. Iris Iris spp.
Baby’s breath Gypsophila paniculata Lamb’s ears Stachys byzantina
Baptisia Baptisia australis Liatris Liatris spicata
Beebalm Monarda didyma Lily of the Nile Agapanthus
Black-eyed Susan Rubeckia hirta Mexican sunflower Tithonia rotundifolia
Butterfly weed Asclepias tuberosa Peony Paeonia lactiflora
Candytuft, Evergreen Iberis sempervirens Perovskia Perovskia
Chrysanthemum, Mum Chrysanthemum x morifolium Phlox, thrift Phlox paniculata, P. divaricata, P. subulata
Columbine Aquilegia spp. Red hot poker Kniphofia uvaria
Coneflower, Purple Echinacea pupurea Salvia Salvia farinacea, S. spp.
Coralbells Heuchera americana Sedum Sedum spectabile
Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata, C. verticillata, C. tinctoria Shasta Daisy Chrysanthemum x superbum
Daylily Hemerocallis spp. Stoke’s aster Stokesia laevis
Gaillardia, Blanket flower Gaillardia x grandiflora Verbascum Mullein
Gazania Gazania Verbena Verbena spp.
Gerbera daisy Gerbera jamesonii
Goldenrod Solidago spp. and hybrids Yarrow Achillia Millefolium
Hardy ice plant Delosperma Cooperi

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Lenny Rogers, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionLenny RogersCounty Extension Director Call Lenny Email Lenny N.C. Cooperative Extension, Alexander County Center
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