Super Drought-Tolerant Plants

Jerusalem-thorn tree is very drought-tolerant
Native to desert areas in Mexico and the Southwestern United States, Jerusalem thorn tree looks delicate, but is actually very drought-tolerant. Photo: Dr. Edward Gilman, UF.

With water restrictions throughout communities in Florida, many home gardeners are looking for super drought-tolerant plants that are also good-looking.

Native saw palmetto is perfect for the Florida-friendly yard, as it can survive through the driest of times. This palm can range from 3 to 15 feet in height and will thrive in sun or shade.

The acacia is a small or medium-sized evergreen tree with feathery foliage and yellow, showy flowers. The Jerusalem thorn tree has airy foliage and a low, spreading form. It boasts a profusion of small, yellow blooms that have a slight fragrance.

Rosemary’s a drought-tolerant herb that gives the landscape a Mediterranean feel as well as a delicious scent. Many ornamental grasses are drought tolerant as well.

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