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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

Click on the tabs below to see each category.

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

Click on the tabs below to see each category.

Shrubs

Shrubs

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.

Groundcovers

Groundcover

22. Ceanothus griseus horizontalis species and hybrids - Carmel Creeper (N)

Ceanothus horizontalis

23. Dymondia margaretae - Silver Carpet

24. Lampranthus species - Ice Plant

Lampranthus aurantiacus - Ice Plant

25. Lantana montevidensis - Trailing Lantana

Lantana spp

26. Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Huntington Carpet’ - Huntington Carpet Rosemary

• Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Lockwood de Forest’ - Lockwood de Forest Rosemary

• Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostrata’ - Prostrate Rosemary

Creeping Rosemary

• Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Santa Barbara’ - Santa Barbara Rosemary
   
27. Sedum species and hybrids - Stonecrop

Sedum 'Goldmoss' - Stonecrop

28. Thymus pseudolanuginosus - Woolly Thyme

Thymus pseudolanuginosus - Wooly Thyme

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

Ornamental Grasses & Perennials

 Ornamental Grasses and Grass-like Plants

29. Cordyline australis - New Zealand Cabbage Tree

Cordyline australis 'Red Star'

30. Muhlenbergia capillaris - Pink Muhly Grass

31. Pennisetum setaceum ’Rubrum’ - Red Fountain Grass

32. Phormium tenax and some species and hybrids - New Zealand Flax

Phormium tenax

Perennials

33. Anigozanthos species and hybrids - Kangaroo Paws

Anigozanthos - Kangaroo Paw

34. Encelia californica - California Sunflower

Encelia californica - California Sunflower

35. Lavandula species and hybrids - Lavender

Lavandula stoechas

36. Mimulus, Native species and hybrids - Monkey flower (N)

Mimulus 'Jelly Bean Yellow' - Monkey Flower

37. Penstemon, Native species - Penstemon (N)

Penstemon superbus


• Penstemon heterophyllus - Foothill Penstemon (N)

• Penstemon parryi - Parry’s Beardtongue (N)

Penstemon parryii

• Penstemon spectabilis - Showy Penstemon (N)

Continued on next page with Trees.

Trees

Trees

41. Arbutus ‘Marina’ - Strawberry Tree

Arbutus ‘Marina’ - Strawberry Tree

42. Butia capitata - Pindo Palm

 Butia capitata - Pindo Palm

photo courtesy Phil Bergman of Jungle Music Nursery

43. Chitalpa tashkentensis - Chitalpa (N)

44. Geijera parviflora - Australian Willow

Geijera parviflora - Australian Willow

45. Lagerstroemia indica - Crape Myrtle

Lagerstroemia indica - Crape Myrtle

46. Laurus nobilis - Sweet Bay

Laurus nobilis - Sweet Bay

47. Olea europaea ‘Swan Hill’ - Fruitless Olive

Olea europaea - Fruitless Olive

48. Parkinsonia x ’Desert Museum’ - Desert Museum Palo Verde

49. Pistacia chinensis - Chinese Pistache

50. Quercus agrifolia - Coast Live Oak (N)

Quercus agrifolia - Coastal Live Oak

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.

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