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Plants Suitable for the High Deserts of California

In order to help you select and purchase the plants most suitable for the high desert areas of California, El Nativo Growers has created a list of plants that are well adapted to both extreme low and high temperatures.  While many of the plants listed below can tolerate a full sun location, some of the species, such as Lobelia laxiflora, will prefer a filtered sun or morning sun location.  We will be updating this list with new species and cultural requirement information, so please check back for posted revisions and additions.

Note:  May need to print page in landscape format to obtain all data.


Taxonomic Name

Common Name

Hardiness (Fahrenheit) 

Acacia constricta White Thorn Acacia 11-15
Acacia smallii Sweet Acacia 15
Acacia greggi Cat Claw Acacia 0
Acacia redolens NCN 15
Acacia stenophylla Shoestring Acacia 15
Achillea millefolium Yarrow 0
Agave americana Century Plant 15
Agave bracteosa Spider Agave 15
Agave deserti Desert Agave 5
Agave havardiana NCN 0
Agave parryi Parry's Agave -20
Agave victoria reginae Queen Victoria Agave 10
Agave weberi Weber Agave  10
Anemopsis californica Yerba Mansa -20
Anisacanthus wrightii Desert Honeysuckle 0
Artemesia ludoviciana Prairie Sagebrush -30
Artemesia tridentata Big Sagebrush -20
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Bush -30
Atriplex canescens Four-wing Saltbush  -30
Atriplex lentifomis brewerii Quail Bush 15
Baccharis sarothroides Desert Broom 10
Baileya multiradiata Desert Marigold -10
Bouteloua curtipendula Sideoats Grama -30
Bouteloua gracilis Blue Grama -30
Buddleia davidii Butterfly Bush -20
Buddleia marrubifolia Woolly Butterfly Bush 0
Bulbine frutescens NCN 10
Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark' NCN 10
Caesalpinia gillesii Bird of Paradise Bush -10
Caesalpinia pulcherrima Red Bird of Paradise 15
Calliandra eriophylla Pink Fairy Duster 10
Carex pansa California Meadow Sedge 15
Carex perdentata Texas Hill Sedge 0
Carex tumulicolia Berkeley Sedge 15
Cercidium floridum Palo Verde 10
Cercis occidentalis Western Redbud -30
Cercocarpus ledifolius Curl-leaf Mountain Mahogany -30
Chiltalpa tashkentensis 'Pink Dawn' Chiltalpa Selection 0
Chilopsis linearis Desert Willow -10
Chrysothamnus nauseosus Rabbitbrush  0
Convolvulus cneorum Bush Morning Glory 10
Dalea bicolor Blue Dalea 10
Dalea capitata Lemon Dalea  0
Dalea frutescens Black Dalea 10
Dalea gregii Trailing Indigo Bush 10
Dalea versicolor Mountain Indigo Bush 10
Dasylirion longissimum Mexican Grass Tree 0
Dasylirion wheeleri  Desert Spoon 0
Dicliptera suberecta Desert Honeysuckle 15
Dodonea viscosa Hopbush 15
Echinacia purpurea Purple coneflower -40
Encelia farinosa Brittlebush 15
Erigeron karvinskianus Santa Barbara Daisy -10
Eriogonum fasciculatum California Buckwheat  10
Gaura lindheimeri and selections Gaura -20
Hesperaloe funifera Giant Hesperaloe -10
Hesperaloe paryiflora  Red Hesperaloe -20
Hesperaloe parviflora 'Yellow' Yellow Hesperaloe -20
Justicia spicigera Desert Honeysuckle 15
Lagerstroemia indica  Crape Myrtle 11-15
Larrea tridentata Creosote Bush 5
Leucophyllum candidum NCN 10
Leucophyllum frutescens 'Compacta' Compact Texas Ranger 10
Leucophyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud' Texas Ranger 10
Leucophyllum laevigatum Chihuahuan Rain Sage 10
Leucophyllum langmaniae Texas Ranger 10
Leucophyllum pruinosum Bubble Gum Sage 10
Leucophyllum zygophyllum NCN 10
Linum lewisii Blue Flax -30
Lobelia laxiflora Mexican Lobelia 0
Mimulus cardinalis Monkey Flower -20
Mimulus guttatus Streamside Monkeyflower 0
Mimulus lewisii Lewis Monkeyflower 0
Miscanthus sinensis and selections Maiden Grass Variable below 0
Muhlenbergia capillaris  Pink Hairgrass 0
Muhlenbergia dumosa Bamboo Muhly 10
Muhlenbergia filipes  Purple Muhly 0
Muhlenbergia lindheimeri Lindheimer's Muhly 0
Muhlenbergia rigens Deer Grass 0
Nolina microcarpa Grasstree -10
Panicum virgatum and selections Switch Grass -30
Penstemon barbatus Bearded Penstemon -30
Penstemon eatonii Firecracker Penstemon -30
Penstemon palmeri Palmer's Penstemon -30
Penstemon parryi Parry's Penstemon 15
Penstemon pinifolius Pine-leafed Penstemon 5
Penstemon pinifolius 'Yellow' Yellow Pine-Leafed Penstemon 5
Penstemon psuedospectabilis Canyon Penstemon -20
Penstemon spectabilis  Showy Penstemon 0
Penstemon strictus Rocky Mountain Penstemon 0
Penstemon superbus NCN -10
Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Spire' Russian Sage -20
Populus fremontii Cottonwood -30
Prunus ilicifolia Hollyleaf Cherry 10
Quercus agrifolia Coast Live Oak 10
Quercus engelmannii Engelmann Oak 10
Quercus lobata California White Oak 10
Rhus ovata Sugar Bush  10
Rhus trilobata Squaw Bush -40
Rosa woodsii var. ultramontana Interior Rose 0
Rosmarinus officinalis and selections Rosemary 0
Salvia chamaedryoides Germander Sage 15
Salvia clevelandii Cleveland Sage 10
Salvia greggii Autumn Sage 0
Salix goodingii Gooding's Black Willow 0
Salix lasiolepis Arroyo Willow 15
Sambucus mexicana Mexican Elderberry 0
Schizachyrium s. 'The Blues' Little Blue Stem -30
Simmondsia chinensis Jojoba  15
Sophora secundiflora Texas Mountain Laurel  10
Sphaeralcea ambigua Globe Mallow -10
Sporobolus airoides Alkali Dropseed -20
Stipa tenuissima Mexican Feather Grass -5
Tagetes lemonii Mexican Bush Marigold 5
Vauquelinia californica Arizona Rosewood -10
Verbena goodingii Goodding's Lavender Verbena 10
Verbena rigida (Verbena venosa) NCN 0
Vitis californica and selections  California Wild Grape 0
Yucca australis (Yucca filifera) NCN 0
Yucca glauca Spanish Bayonet -35
Yucca schidigera (Yucca mohavensis) Mojave Yucca 0
Yucca whipplei Our Lord's Candle 10
Zauschneria californica and selections California Fuchsia 10
Zephyranthes candida Rain Lily  0

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