Xeriscape Plants for Midland and Odessa, Texas

A list of plants suitable for low water use gardening in Odessa and Midland, Texas, with links to their entries in the Plant Database at Dave's Garden (when there's an entry there). You might also be interested into this page of links to Texas (or area) nurseries that offer seeds and plants and supplies through the mail.

Annuals Low Perennials Tall Perennials Low Shrubs Medium Shrubs 
Small Trees Larger Trees Ornamental Grasses Groundcovers Vines

Annuals

Common Name Botanical Name Linda's Notes
Bachelor's Buttons, Cornflower Centaurea cyanus  
Cosmos Cosmos sulphurus Cultivars: Polidor
Larkspur Consolida ambigua  
California Poppy Escholzia californica Cultivars: Mikado
Globe Amaranth Gomphrena globosa Cultivars: Strawberry Fields
Sweet Alyssum Lobularia maritima  
Texas Sage, Scarlet Sage, Tropical Sage Salvia coccinea Cultivars: Coral Nymph, Lady In Red
'Indigo Spires' Mealy Cup Sage Salvia hybrid  
Dalhberg Daisy, Golden Fleece Thymophylia tenuiloba  
Narrow Leaf Zinnia Zinnia angustifolia Cultivar: Crystal White

Low Perennials

Yarrow Achillea species  
* Texas Gold Columbine * Aquillegia hinckleyana  
Lanceleaf Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata  
Bigflower Coreopsis Coreopsis grandiflora  
Blanket Flower, Indian Blanket Gaillardia pulchella  
Apple Blossom Grass Gaura lindeimeri Cultivars: Siskyou Pink, Whirling Butterflies
Four Nerve Daisy Hymenoxys scaposa Evergreen
Lantana Lantana camara Poisonous! 
Cultivar: * New Gold *
Wild Petunia, Desert Petunia, Carolina Wild Petunia, Florida Bluebells Ruellia species Shade tolerant. Blue Shade Ground Hugger
Mealy Cup Sage Salvia farinacea  
May Night Salvia Salvia superba  
Orange Zexmenia, Devil's River, Orange Daisy, Hairy Wedelia Wedelia hispida  
     

Tall Perennials

Flame Acanthus, Hummingbird Bush, Texas Firecracker Plant
Anisacanthus quadrifidus  
Fall Aster Aster oblongifolius  
Butterfly Bush, Summer Lilac Buddleia davidii  
Texas Star Hibiscus Hibiscus coccineus  
Hardy Hibiscus Hibiscus moscheutos  
Turks Cap Malvaviscus arboreus  
Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia  
Mexican Bush Sage Salvia leucantha  
Yellow Elder, Trumpetbush, Yellow Bells Tecoma stans var. angustata  
     

Low Shrubs

Red Yucca Hesparloe parviflora  
Dwarf Yaupon Holly Ilex vomitoria 'Nana'  
Sabine Juniper Juniperus sabina  Cultivar: Buffalo
Dwarf Texas Sage Leucophylum frutescens  Cultivar: Silverado, Compacta
Heavenly Bamboo, Nandina Nandina domestica  
Autumn Sage Salvia greggii  
     

Medium (and up) Shrubs

Glossy Abelia Abelia x grandiflora  
American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana  
Silverthorn, Silverberry Eleagnus Elaeagnus fruitlandii  
Cenizo, Texas Ranger, Barometer Bush, Silverleaf, Texas Sage Leucophylum frutescens Cultivars: White Could, Green Cloud
Rio Bravo Sage Leucophylum langmaniae  
Aromatic Sumac Rhus aromatica  
Three-leaf Sumac Rhus trilobata  
Evergreen Sumac, Tobacco Sumac Rhus virens  
     

Small Trees

Texas Redbud Cercis canadensis var. texensis  
Mexican Redbud Cercis canadensis var. mexicana  
Desert Willow, Desert Orchid Chilopsis linearis  
Rocky Mountain Pinyon Pine, Two-Needle Pinyon Pine Pinus edulis  
Texas Mountain Laurel Sophora secundiflora  
Chaste Tree, Monk's Pepper, Vitex Vitex agnus-castus  
     

Larger Trees

Golden Rain Tree Koelreuteria paniculata  
Afghan Pine Pinus eldarica  
Chinese Pistache Pistacia chinensis  
Bur Oak, Mossycup Oak Quercus macrocarpa  
Cedar Elm Ulmus crassifolia  
Lacebark Elm Ulmus parvifolia  
     

Ornamental Grasses

Side Oats Grama Bouteloua curtipenduira  
Blue Grama Bouteloua gracilis  
Maiden Grass, Eulalia, Miscanthus Miscanthus sinesis Cultivars: Gracillimus, Morning Light, Zebrinus, Variegatus, Adagio
Gulf Coast Muhly. Texas Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia capilaris  
Big Muhly Grass, Blue Muhly Grass, Lindheimer's Muhly Muhlenbergia lindheimeri  
Deer Grass Muhlenbergia rigens  
Switchgrass Panicum virgatum Cultivar: Heavy Metal
Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides Cultivars: Hamelin, Little Bunny
Purple Fountain Grass Pennisetum setaceum Cultivars: Rubrum
Little Blue Stem Sachizachyrium scoparium  
Mexican Feather Grass Stipa tenuissima  
     

Ground Covers

Artemisia, Wormwood Artemisia  Cultivar: Powis Castle
Wintercreeper Euonymus, Purple Leaf Winter Creeper Euonymus fortuneo Cultivar: Colorata
Creeping Juniper, Trailing Juniper, Creeping Cedar Juniperus horizontalis Cultivars: Andorra, Wiltonii
Lanceleaf Frogfruit Phyla nodiflora  
Cotton Lavender, Grey Santolina Santolina chamaecyparissus  
Green Santolina Santolina virens  
Coralberry, Indian Currant, Birds Eye Bush, Devil's Shoestring, Waxberry, Wolfberry Symphoricarpos obiculatus  
     

Vines

Coral Vine, Queens Wreath Antigonon leptopus  
Crossvine, Trumpet Flower Bignonia capreolata  
Sweet Autumn Clematis Clematis paniculata  
Carolina Jessamine Gelsemium sempervirens  
Silver Lace Vine Polygonum aubertii (Polygonum caerulea)  
     

* Plants with a star are Texas Superstars -- plants that work well in every region of Texas.

Thanks to the folks at Dave's Garden, which has many brilliant resources for gardeners, not just the Plant Database used extensively in the list above.

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Copyright 2003 Linda Blanchard All Rights Reserved. Date Added: November 9, 2003. Last Update: January 07, 2009.