5 Drought-Resistant Plants For Santa Rosa, CA

african daisy

Californians know all too well the challenges of dealing with drought when it comes to landscaping. You can cut back on the amount of water you use by filling your yard with drought-resistant plants. You have a number of option for choosing stunning drought-resistant plants in Santa Rosa.


aloe plantAloe thrives in dry and hot climates, only needing water about every other week. These succulents are very easy to grow and propagate to form new plants. They definitely give your landscape a “desert” vibe plus the oils in its leaves have healing qualities that can soothe sunburns.

African Daisies

african daisyThis hardy flower comes in many colors ranging from pink to orange. It’s beautiful flowers open in the morning and close at night making them a bright addition to your drought-resistant garden and the best part? It doesn’t look like a typical desert plant. You should not these flowers will wilt in drought conditions, but don’t worry, they aren’t dead. African daisies conserve energy by going dormant when times get tough.

Fountain Grass

fountain grassOriginating in Africa, the middle east, and southwest Asia, fountain grass is an easy-to-care-for plant that resembles a fountain of colorful feathers. These plants do well in gardens or as a border for walkways and driveways. The small flowers range in color from tan, pink, or purple and they put on quite a show in the fall. Fountain grass adapts to any type of soil but does best in fertile, well-drained soils. Plant them in full sun for best results, but they can tolerate shade as well.


cactusWhat would a list of drought-resistant plants be without the king of hardy plants? The cactus is infamous for its tolerance of dry climates, and they come in hundreds of varieties. Cacti can easily be integrated with your other drought-resistant plants for a beautiful and unique-looking garden. Since there are so many varieties, it’s important to know the specific soil and water requirements before you plant them.

Palo Verde Tree

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Famous for being the state tree of Arizona, this popular drought-resistant tree can live to be a hundred. Its unique green bark is where the tree produces most of its photosynthesis. An added bonus? The palo verde tree grows small fruits that can be harvested and eaten like a pea.

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Brenda Ryan

Brenda Ryan

Brenda Ryan is a former content director for LawnStarter. She is a former radio newscaster and journalist. In her free time she enjoys traveling, gardening, visiting wineries, reading, and playing trivia games in her home state of Colorado.