Drought tolerant plants for the San Jose area.
In the 1500's
California went through an 80 year drought. During the winter there
were blizzards in Central California, the Salinas river froze solid
where it flowed into the Monterey Bay. During the summer there was no
humidity, no rain, and temperatures in the hundreds for many
months. During one year in the 1840's there was no measurable rain in
Santa Barbara. (The highest measured rainfall in an hour also was in
Southern California, 11 inches in an hour) The same native
plants that lived through that are still on
the hillsides of California. California native plants that do not
normally live in the creeks and ponds are very drought
The best way to find your plant is to check
www.mynativeplants.com and do not water at all. But if you want a
simple list of drought tolerant plants that can work for your San Jose garden
here are a few of the hundreds you can choose from.
are easy and lively in most Bay area gardens.
villosa Coyote Mint
is a two-foot-high perennial with gray-green leaves and
light purple clusters of flowers in summer. This Monardella is native
to the California coast ranges. This coyote mint likes part ...
rigens Deer Grass
is a 3 foot perennial with 2 foot plumes rising above the
plant. It looks like a small pampas grass but without the bad leaf cuts
and the aggressive seeding. Native to much of Calif. up int ...
Last edited on 2013-01-18 09:25:29.