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Herbaceous Perennials and Annuals

Site Legend

  • E - Plants designated as low or moderate water use on the El Paso County Suggested Plant List are indicated as "E".
  • L - Plants designated as low or moderate water use on the Las Cruces Plant List will be indicated as "L".

Water Requirement:

  • H = High water use. Either large volumes or frequent application of water is needed throughout the life of the plant; weekly or more often during peak summer months.
  • M = Moderate water use. Some supplemental water is needed throughout the life of the plant; at least twice monthly during peak summer months once established.
  • L = Low water use. Able to survive once established without supplemental water; water needed at least once a month for plants to look their best.

Soils Suitability:

  • Suitable for any soil unless specific one listed.

Pollen

  • Plants with high pollen production are indicated as "P"
Salvia farinacea - EL
Scientific name Common nameWaterHeightSunlightSoil
Abronia spp. - EL Sand VerbenaLto 24"FullSandy
Agastache cana - E Giant HyssopMto 24"Full
Alcea rosea* - L HollyhockM48 to 108"Full
Amsonia arenaria Sand StarsLto 24"Full
Anchusa azurea* AnchusaM36 to 60"Part/Full
Anemopsis californica Yerba de MansaM4 to 20"Shade/Part Clay
Antennaria rosea PussytoesL1 to 6'Full
Anthemis tinctoria Golden MargueriteM/H2 to 3'Full
Arabis alpina Mountain RockcressM/H6"Full
Argemone squarrosa Prickly PoppyLto 32"Partial
Armeria maritima - L ThriftM6 to 12"Full
Artemisia abrotanum - L SouthernwoodMto 3'Part/Full
Artemisia frigida - L Fringed Sage L12 to 18"Full
Artemisia ludoviciana - EL Prairie SageL/M24 to 30"FullSandy
Artemisia pontica - L Roman WormwoodMto 48"Full
Artemisia stelleriana - L Beach WormwoodM1'X 2'Part/Full
Artemisia X 'Powis Castle' - L 'Powis Castle' WormwoodMto 2'Part/Full
Asclepias tuberosa - L Butterfly MilkweedL12 to 32"Full
Baileya multiradiata* - EL Desert MarigoldL12 to 24"Full
Berlandiera lyrata - EL Chocolate Flower Lto 16"Full
Callirhoe involucrata Poppy MallowL/Mto 24"Full
Calylophus spp. - L SundropsL6 to 20"Full
Castilleja spp. - L Indian PaintbrushM12 to 30"Partial
Centaurea cyanus CornflowerL/M12 to 36"
Centaurea cineraria Dusty MillerL/M6 to 12"Full
Centranthus ruber ValerianM18 to 36"Part/Full
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Dwarf PlumbagoM24 to 48"Shade/Full
Chrysopsis villosa - L Golden AsterL18" X 18"Full
Cosmos bipinnatus* - L CosmosM36 to 96"Full
Delosperma cooperi Purple Iceplant Lto 5"Full Sandy
Dianthus barbatus* Sweet WilliamM10 to 20"Part/Full
Dianthus deltoides Maiden PinkM8 to 12"Part/Full
Dictamnus spp. Gas Plant M30 to 48"
Dimorphotheca sinuata African DaisyM4 to 12"
Dyssodia acerosa Wild MarigoldLto 8"
Echinops spp. - L Globe ThistleM36 to 48"Full
Eriogonum umbellatum - L Sulphur FlowerL4 to 18"Full
Erysimum hieraciifolium - EL Siberian WallflowerM12 to 18"Full
Eschscholzia californica* California Poppy L6 to 12"Full
Euphorbia marginata* Snow on the MountainMto 24"
Euphorbia myrsinites - L Blue SpurgeL8 to 12"FullSandy
Eustoma grandif lorum* Tulip GentianL12 to 18"Part/Full
Gaillardia x grandiflora - L GaillardiaM24 to 48"Full
Gaura lindheimeri - L White GauraM24 to 48"Full
Geranium macrorrhizium GeraniumM/H4" X 18"Shade
Gilia tricolor* Bird's EyesM10 to 20"
Gypsophila elegans* Annual Baby's BreathM12 to 18"Part/Full
Gypsophila paniculata Baby's BreathM24 to 36"Part/Full
Hymenoxys argentea - L Perky SueL12"Full
Iberis umbellata Globe CandytuftM12 to 15"Shade/Part
Ipomoea leptophylla Bush MorninggloryLto 36"FullSandy
Ipomopsis longiflora* Blue GiliaLto 24"Full
Ipomopsis rubra* Skyrocket Lto 72"Full
Kniphofia uvaria Red Hot PokerL/M36 to 60"Full
Lavandula angustifolia English LavenderL/M36 to 48"Full
Liatris spicata - EL Spike Gayfeather L/M12 to 36"FullSandy
Rudbeckia laciniate Glow," "Hortensiana" "Golden Golden Glow"M72 to 108"Full
Ruta graveolens RueMto 36"Full
Salvia azurea grandiflora - L Pitcher SageM36 to 48"Full
Mealycup SageMFull
Salvia officinalis Garden SageMto 24"Full
Salvia splendens* Scarlet SageM12 to 36"Full
Sanvitalia procumbens Creeping ZinniaL4 to 6"Full
Sedum spectabile StonecropL/M12 to 24"Full
Sedum telephium Autumn Joy SedumL/M12 to 24"Full
Senecio longiflora - L Silver GroundselL18 to 24"FullSandy
Solidago hybrids GoldenrodM/H12 to 36"Part/Full
Sphaeralcea coccinea - EL Scarlet GlobemallowLto 20"Full
Stachys byzantina - L Woolly Lamb's EarM12 to 15"Part/Full
Talinum calycinum Flame FlowerLto 8"Sun/Shade
Tanacetum densum amani Partridge Feather L/Mto 12"Sun/Shade
Tanacetum vulgare Tansy Mto 36"Pat/Full
Teucrium chamaedrys GermanderMto 12"Part/Full
Thelesperma ambigua Threadleaf CotaMto 32"Full
Thymus pseudolanuginosus - L Wooly ThymeM2 X 18"Shade/Full
Thymus serphyllum - L Creeping ThymeM2 X 18"Shade/Full
Verbena bipinnatifida Fern or Dakota VerbenaLto 12"Full
Verbena hybrida Garden VerbenaM6 to 12"Full
Verbena rigida Purple VerbenaL2 to 4"Full
Verbena wrightii Western VervainL12 to 32"Full
Veronica incana - L Woolly Speedwell M12 to 18"Part/Full
Veronica liwanensis - L Turkish SpeedwellM3" to 2'Part/Full
Veronica pectinata - L Wooly SpeedwellM3" to 18"Part/Full
Vinca minor Dwarf PeriwinkleM/H6" X 12"Shade/Part
Wyethia scabra Desert Mule's EarLto 20"Full
Zauschneria californica - L Hummingbird PlantM12 to 24"Full
Zinnia grandiflora - EL Desert Zinnia Lto 8"FullSandy