Drought-Tolerant Plants

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Re: Drought-Tolerant Plants

Postby tronagirl » Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:26 am

wildrose & panamint_patty: What both of you say is true, but irises are still well-suited to Trona, in my opinion anyway. Yes, they take a fair amount of water, but they aren't water hogs and unlike most other plants they thrive in our soil and they can at least survive our brutally hot summers. So, they are at least a reliable bright spot in the yards of people who cultivate them.
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Re: Drought-Tolerant Plants

Postby twister » Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:58 pm

Mojave Desert MVPs (Most Valuable Plants)
The lady in this video provides a pretty good list of plant pics that might work in the Trona area!
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Re: Drought-Tolerant Plants

Postby wildrose » Wed May 10, 2017 4:59 pm

Ruellia
This looks like an extremely useful plant. I've seen it in the yards of a couple friends and it does pretty well and looks very nice!
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Re: Drought-Tolerant Plants

Postby camel » Fri May 12, 2017 8:51 am

A friend has had extremely good results with poppies, both annual and perennial varieties. She lives over in Ridgecrest, but what grows there should do alright here. Granted our summers are a little harsher and our soil is a little on the toxic side, but I'm sure that 90 percent of what grows in Ridgecrest can at least survive here. Maybe it won't thrive, but sometimes survival is all you can hope for!
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Re: Drought-Tolerant Plants

Postby wildrose » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:27 am

camel: It also depends on where in Trona you live. The closer to the lake you are, the more toxic the soil. Especially in higher parts of Pioneer Point there are some lots which are likely to have soil salinity levels much lower than the houses which are closest to the lake. Of course, it's possible to amend soil or even bring in top soil and create raised beds or whatever, but the biggest limiting factor in the desert is the summer heat. Most plants simply cannot survive the kind of heat we get and unless you're willing to build elaborate shade structures and misting systems, most plants won't survive here.
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Re: Drought-Tolerant Plants

Postby panamint_patty » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:35 am

Centaurea montana
I wonder how Centaurea montana would do in Trona. It tolerates drought and poor soil. I can even handle highly alkaline soil, but can it take the heat?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centaurea_montana
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Re: Drought-Tolerant Plants

Postby panamint_patty » Sun Jun 18, 2017 7:44 am

One Garden Trick To Keep Your Centaurea Montana Flowering Perennial Happy
The plant is very nice looking and it looks like it's pretty hardy, but it takes a tough plant to survive the heat of the desert!
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