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These plants have been selected because they are attractive, often available in nurseries, non-invasive, easy to maintain, long-term performers, scaled for residential landscapes, and of course, once established — drought tolerant.

The Nifty-50 plants thrive in California’s semiarid climate. Become environmentally aware of what makes our region distinctly beautiful! The Nifty-50 plants are labeled and on display at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College. The five-acre public garden is an excellent place to get ideas for a new or retrofitted landscape that looks beautiful and saves water, time, and money.

The Water Conservation Garden is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Call for summer hours.) Tours are offered each Saturday morning and by appointment. There are classes, workshops, and gardening festivals for the entire family. Go to www.thegarden.org or call 619-660-0614 x10 for further information.

N = Native Plant



Botanical Name is listed first then the Common Name.
1. Arctostaphylos species and hybrids - Manzanita (N)

Arctostaphylos densiflorus 'Harmony'

2. Ceanothus species and hybrids - California Lilac (N)

Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman'

3. Cercis occidentalis - Western Redbud (N)

Cercis occidentalis 'Forest Pansy'

4. Chamelaucium uncinatum - Geraldton Waxflower

Chamelaucium 'Stirling Range'

5. Cistus species - Rockrose

Cistus - Rockrose

6. Grevillea species and hybrids - Grevillea

 Grevillea spp

7. Heteromeles arbutifolia - Toyon (N)

Heteromeles arbutifolia

8. Leucophyllum species - Texas Ranger

9. Mahonia aquifolium - Oregon Grape (N)

10. Myrtus communis - Common Myrtle

Myrtus communis

11. Rosmarinus officinalis - Rosemary

Rosemarinus officinalis

12. Westringia fruticosa - Coastal Rosemary

Continued on next page with Groundcovers, Ornamental Grasses and Grass-Like Plants, Perennials and Trees.

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