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Low Water Plants for Teller County

p - perennial
g - groundcover
t - tree
s - shrub
a - annual
Note:  This is just a partial list of adaptable plants to this area.  Not all species (spp.) are adaptable to this climate zone.  For example, Coreopsis grandiflora is adaptable, but Coreopsis verticillata is zoned for areas that don't freeze.  Compiled by Diane Radeke.
Acer glabrum Rocky Mountain Maple s
Achillea spp. yarrow p
Alyssum saxatile basket of gold p
Amelanchier spp. serviceberry s
Anemone pulsitilla pasque flower p
Antennaria supp. pussytoes g
Artemesia ssp. sage p
Calliopsis tinctoria annual coreopsis a
Caragana arborescens Siberian peashrub s
Caryopteris clandonensis bluemist spirea s
Centaurea cyanus bachelor button, cornflower a
Cerastium tomentosum snow in summer g
Cercocarpus montanus mountain mahogany s
Chrysothamnus spp. rabbit brush s
Coreopsis spp. coreopsis p,a
Cornus stolonifera red twig dogwood s
Cotoneaster spp. cotoneaster g,s
Delosperma nubigenem ice plant p
Dianthus plumatis cottage pinks p
Echinacea pulsatilla coneflower p
Eschscholizia californica California poppy a
Gaillardia spp. blanket flower p
Galium odorata sweet woodruff g
Geranium spp. geranium, cranesbill p
Gypsophila repens creeping baby's breth g
Heliopsis spp. sunflower p
Hemerocallis spp. daylily p
Holodiscus dumosus rock spirea s
Iris siberica Siberian iris p
Juniperus spp. junipers s
Liatris spicata gay feather p
Limonium sinuata statice a
Linum perenne blue flax p
Mahonia repens creeping mahonia, Oregon grape holly g
Penstemon spp. penstemon p
Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian sage s
Phlox subulata creeping phlox g
Pinus aristata bristlecone pine t
Pinus ponderosa ponderosa pine t
Potentilla spp. (Note:  Potentilla recta is a noxoious weed and should not be planted, transplanted, or propagated) potentilla g,s
Prunus americana American plum s,t
Ribes spp. currant s
Rosa rugosa spp. shrub rose s
Rubus deliciosus thimbleberry s
Rudbeckia spp. black-eyed Susan p
Saponaria ocymoides rock soapwort g
Sedum spp. sedum g
Symphoricarpos oreophilus mountain snowberry s
thymus spp. thyme p,g
Yucca glauca yucca p
Moderate Water Use
Aquilegia spp. Columbine p
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi kinnnickinnick g
Centaurea montana perennial bachelor button p
Picea pungens 'glauca' blue spruce t
Syringa spp. lilac s
Veronica sup. veronica speedwell p
Penstemon spp. penstemon p
Note:  This is just a partial list of adaptable plants to this area.   Not all species (spp.) are adaptable to this climate zone.  For example, Coreopsis grandiflora is adaptable, but Coresopisi verticillata is zoned for areas that don't freeze.