Waterwise Plants

The plants below perform well in the Contra Costa Water District service area.

However, even if a plant appears on the list, there is no assurance it will do well in your garden.

Successful Planting
Success depends on a variety of factors. The water and light requirements vary for each plant. For example, part shade plants should generally be protected from afternoon sun.

Drought Resistant
Some drought tolerant plants require deep watering a few times per year, while others may require weekly watering. In addition, the type of soil will affect the success of a plant. Some plants are more adaptable to heavy clay soil, while others require well-drained soil.
Waterwise Plants
Before planting, check with your local nursery and any other available reference material for information about the climatic and soil requirements for your plants.
  1. Ground Covers
  2. Ornamental Grasses - Under 2
  3. Ornamental Grasses - 2-4 Feet
  4. Perennials
  5. Vines
  6. Shrubs
  7. Trees
Common Name Botanical Name
African Daisy, Freeway Daisy Osteospermum fruticosum
Aptenia Aptenia cordifolia
Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile (Artemis nobilis)
Cotoneaster Cotoneaster sp.
Creeping St. Johnswort, Aaron's Beard Hypericum calycinum
English ivy Hedera helix
Gazania Gazania sp.
Ice Plant Carpobrotus, Delosperma
Indian Mock Strawberry Duchesnea indica
Juniper Juniperus sp.
Lamb's Ears Stachys byzantina
Lantana Lantana sp.
Manzanita Arctostaphylos sp.
Periwinkle Vinca minor
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis sp.
Sedum Sedum sp.
Snow-in-Summer Cerastium tomentosum
Thyme Thymus vulgaris
Verbena Verbena sp.
Wild Strawberry, Sand Strawberry Fragaria chiloensis
Winter-blooming Bergenia (partial shade) Bergenia crassifolia