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Above is the current Southern California Watering Index provided by MWD. The Watering Index is a percentage that is calculated from scientific data and used to establish a recommended setting for the water budget adjustment feature. The index is normally 100 percent for the hottest time of the year in Southern California - much of July and August. Over the course of the year the Watering Index changes to reflect the landscape’s changing need for water as climatic conditions change.

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Plant Palettes

With a few choice planting changes, you have the opportunity to significantly cut your outdoor water consumption.

For more information or assistance with plant selection, please call the Water Resources Team at (951)736-2234.

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Common Name Botanical Name Color Type Mature Plant Coverage
(Square Feet)
Aeonium

Aeonium arboreum Yellow Succulent 7
African Daisy Arctotis hybrids Orange Perennial 1
African Sumac Rhus lancea Green Tree N/A
Alkali Dropseed Sporobolus airoides Gold Ornamental Grass 7
Aloe Aloe plicatilis Red Shrub 20
Angelita Daisy Hymenoxys acaulis Gold Perennial 1
Arizona Rosewood Vauquelinia californica White Shrub 177
Artichoke Cynara scolymus Blue Perennial 38
Atlas Cedar Cedrus atlantica Grey Green Tree N/A
Australian Fuchsia Correa 'Carmine Bells' Pink Shrub 10
Australian Tea Tree Leptospermum laevigatum White Tree N/A
Australian Willow Geijera parviflora Light Green Tree N/A
Azure Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Perennial 13
Baja Bush-Snapdragon Galvezia juncea Red Shrub 20
Basket of Gold Aurina saxatile Yellow Perennial 3
Bear Grass Nolina beldingii White Perennial 50
Beard Tongue Penstemon 'Apple Blossom' Pink Perennial 7
Bird of Paradise Strelitzia reginae Blue Shrub 28
Blue Blossom Ceanothus Ceanothus “Skylark’ Blue Shrub 20
Blue Dawn Flower Ipomoea indica Blue Vine Varies
Blue Eyed Grass Sisyrinchium bellum Blue Perennial 3
Blue Flax Linum perenne 'Lewisii' Blue Perennial 3
Blue Hibiscus Alyogyne huegelii Blue Shrub 28
Blue Oat Grass Helictotrichon sempervirens Blue Green Clumping Grass 7
Blue Point Juniper Juniperus chinensis 'Blue Point' Grey Tree N/A
Bougainvillea Bougainvillea sp. Red Bush/Vine 38
Brazilian Flame Bush Calliandra tweedii Red Shrub 38
Brisbane Box Lophostemon confertus White Tree N/A
British Ruellia Ruellia brittoniana Blue Perennial 3
Bronze Loquat Eriobotrya deflexa White Tree N/A
Buldinella Bulbinella floribunda Yellow Perennial Varies
Burford Chinese Holly Ilex cornuta 'Burfordii' White Shrub 79
Burgundy Blanketflower Gaillardia grandiflora 'Burgundy' Red Perennial 2
California Coffee Berry Rhamnus californica Green Shrub 50
California Fuchsia Zauschneria californica Red Shrub Varies
California Lilac Ceanothus ‘Ray Hartman’ Blue Tree N/A
California Poppy Eschscholzia californica Gold Annual Varies
California Wild Grape Vitis californica White Vine Varies
California Wild Rose Rosa californica Pink Shrub 13
Canyon Silver Lace Eriophyllum nevinii 'Canyon Silver' Yellow Perennial 38
Cape Weed Arctotheca calendula Yellow Groundcover 3
Carob Tree Ceratonia siliqua Red Tree N/A
Carolina Jessamine Gelsemium sempervirens Yellow Vine Varies
Caryopteris Clandonensis 'Dark Knight' Blue Shrub 13
Cat Mint, Cat Nip Nepeta faassenii Blue Perennial 3
Cecile Brunner Rose Rosa 'Cecile Brunner' Pink Shrub 13
Chalk Dudleya Dudleya pulverulenta Red Succulent 7
Chaparral Mallow Malacothamnus fasciculatus Lavender Shrub 50
Checkerbloom Sidalcea malviflora Pink Perennial 3
Cliffrose Cowania mexicana Yellow Shrub 28
Coast Rosemary Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem' Lavender Shrub 38
Coast Silk Tassel Garrya elliptica White Tree N/A
Colorado Four O’ Clock Mirabilis multiflora Pink Groundcover Varies
Common Buckwhat Erigonum fasciculatum Any Color Perennial 13
Common Burstwort Herniaria glabra Green Groundcover Varies
Common Thyme Thymus vulgaris Green Perennial 3
Common Yarrow Achillea millefolium White Perennial 7
Coral Fountain Russelia equisetiformis Orange Shrub 20
Coral Pea Hardenbergia violacea rosea Pink Vine Varies
Corsican Hellebore Helleborus lividus corsicus Green Perennial 7
Cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus Pink Annual 3
Coyote Bush Baccharis pilularis ‘Pigeon Point’ White Groundcover 95
Cranberry Cotoneaster Cotoneaster apiculatus Pink Shrub 28
Creeping Sage Hybrid Salvia 'Bee's Bliss' Blue Groundcover Varies
Cushion Spurge Euphorbia polychroma Yellow Perennial 3
Day Lily Hemerocallis hybrids Orange Perennial 7
Deerweed Lotus scoparius Yellow Perennial 7
Don Juan Climbing Rose Rosa 'Don Juan' Red Shrub 13
Douglas Iris Iris douglasiana Lavender Perennial 3
Drooping Melaleuca Melaleuca armillaris White Shrub Varies
Dusky Chief Flax Phormium tenax 'Dusky Chief' Red Perennial 20
Dwarf  Callistemon Callistemon 'Little John' Red Shrub 7
Elija Blue Fescue Festuca 'Elija Blue' Grey Grass 1
Emerald Fern Asparagus densiflorus 'Sprengeri' Light Green Shrub, Perennial 7
Esparto Grass Lygeum sparteum Green Clumping Grass Varies
Eulalia Grass Miscanthus sacchariflorus Blue Clumping Grass 28
False Heather Cuphea hyssopifolia Pink Perennial 13
Fan Flower Scaevola 'Mauve Clusters' Blue Groundcover 13
Felt Plant Kalanchoe beharensis Yellow Succulent 13
Feverfew Chrysanthemum parthenium White Perennial 10
Flannel Bush Fremontodendron 'California Glory' Gold Shrub 113
Floss Silk Tree Chorisia speciosa Pink Tree N/A
Flower Dust Plant Kalanchoe pumila Pink Succulent 13
Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides Pink Perennial 20
Fraser Photinia Photinia x fraseri White Shrub 177
Freeway Daisy Osteospermum fruticosum Blue Groundcover Varies
Fremontia Fremontodendron 'El Dorado Gold' Orange Shrub 113
Garden Nasturtium Tropaeolum majus Orange Groundcover 113
Gazania Gazania species Gold Groundcover 13
Ghost Plant Graptopetalum paraguayense Yellow Succulent Varies
Giant Feather Grass Stipa gigantea Any Color Ornamental Grass 7
Giant Mullein Verbascum hybrida 'Nigra' Yellow Perennial 3
Giant Wild Rye Leymus condensatus Blue Clumping Grass 28
Globe Gilia Gilia capitata Blue Annual 1
Gloriosa Daisy Rudbeckia hirta Orange Perennial 3
Gold Flame Spirea Spiraea X bumalda 'Gold Flame' Pink Shrub 7
Golden Breath of Heaven Coleonema pulchellum 'Gold Sunset' Gold Shrub 38
Golden Columbine Aquilegia chrysantha Yellow Perennial 3
Golden Wattle Acacia longifolia Yellow Tree N/A
Golden Wonder Senna Senna splendida Gold Tree N/A
Grace Ward Lithodora Lithodora diffusa 'Grace Ward' Blue Perennial 7
Ground Morning Glory Convolvulus mauritanicus Blue Perennial 7
Halimiocistus Halimiocistus wintonensis Purple Shrub 20
Heavy Metal Switch Grass Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal' Purple Perennial 13
Hedge Nettle Stachys bullata Pink Perennial Varies
Humboldt Lily Lilium humboldtii Orange Perennial Varies
Hummingbird Bush Grevillea thelemanniana Red Shrub 50
Hummingbird Plant Dicliptera suberecta Orange Perennial 2
Huntington Artemisia Artemisia 'Huntington' Grey Green Shrub 20
Ice Plant Lampranthus aurantiacus Orange Groundcover Varies
Indian Hawthorn Rhaphiolepis indica Pink Shrub 28
Island Bush Anemone Carpenteria californica White Shrub 20
Island Ironwood Lyonothamnus floribundus asplenifolius White Tree N/A
Jacaranda Jacaranda mimosifolia Blue Tree N/A
Jacob’s Ladder Polemonium caeruleum 'Brise d'Anjou' Blue Perennial 3
Jeruselum Sage Phlomis lanata Yellow Perennial 28
Jupiter’s Beard Centranthus ruber Pink Groundcover 7
Kangaroo Paws Anigozanthos flavidus Green Perennial 13
Kanooka Box Tristania laurina Yellow Tree N/A
Karo Pittosporum Pittosporum crassifolium Red Shrub Varies
Knife Acacia Acacia cultriformis Yellow Shrub 113
Lady Banks’ Rose Rosa banksiae Yellow Vine Varies
Lalandei Pyracantha Pyracantha coccinea 'Lalandei' White Shrub 79
Lamb’s Ear Stachys byzantina Blue Shrub Varies
Lantana Lantana camara Lavender Shrub 28
Laurel Sumac Malosma laurina White Shrub 177
Lavender Cotton Santolina chamaecyparissus Yellow Groundcover Varies
Lavender Trumpet Vine Clytostoma callistegioides Lavender Vine Varies
Lewis Mockorange Philadelphus lewisii White Shrub 50
Lilac Verbena Verbena lilacina Lavender Shrub 7
Little Blue Stem Schizachyrium scoparium Any Color Perennial 3
Littleleaf Linden Tilia cordata White Tree N/A
Madrone Arbutus menziesii White Tree N/A
Mahonia Mahonia 'Golden Abundance' Yellow Bush 20
Manzanita Arctostaphylos ‘Dr. Hurd’ White Shrub 154
Manzanita Arctostaphylos ‘Howard McMinn’ Pink Shrub 28
Marina Arbutus Arbutus 'Marina' Pink Tree N/A
Mexican Cycad Dioon edule Green Palm 113
Mexican Elderberry Sambucus mexicana Yellow Shrub 154
Monkey Flower Hybrid Mimulus 'Dos Equis' Orange Perennial 3
Morning Glory Calystegia 'Anacapa Pink' Pink Shrub Varies
Mountain Garland Clarkia unguiculata Pink Annual Varies
Myoporum Myoporum 'Pacificum' White Shrub Varies
Myrtle Myrtus communis 'Boetica' White Shrub 20
Naked Lady Lily Amarcrinum memoria-corsii Pink Perennial 7
Narrow-leaf Milkweed Asclepias fascicularis White Shrub 1
Natal Coral Erythrina humeana Orange Tree N/A
Natal Plum Carissa macrocarpa 'Prostrata' White Groundcover 28
Old Gold Pfitzer Juniper Juniperus chinensis 'Old Gold Pfitzer' Dark Green Shrub 50
Oleander Nerium oleander Pink Shrub 113
Olive Olea europaea Grey Green Tree N/A
Pacific Wax Myrtle Myrica californica Light Green Tree N/A
Palm Grass Setaria palmifolia Green Ornamental Grass 20
Palo Verde Parkinsonia aculeata Yellow Tree N/A
Paperflower Psilostrophe cooperi Yellow Perennial 3
Paraguay Nightshade Solanum rantonnetii Blue Shrub Varies
Peruvian Lily Alstroemeria hybrids Lavender Perennial 1
Peruvian Scilla Scilla peruviana Blue Perennial Varies
Pincushion Flower Scabiosa caucasica 'Butterfly Blue' Blue Perennial 3
Pink Flame Tree Brachychiton discolor Pink Tree N/A
Pink Trumpet Vine Podranea ricasoleana Lavender Vine Varies
Pomegranate Punica granatum Red Shrub 79
Potatoe Vine Solanum jasminoides White Vine Varies
Potomac Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia 'Potomac' Pink Tree N/A
Prairie Zinnia Zinnia grandiflora Yellow Perennial 3
Premier Bearded Iris Iris bearded 'Premier' Pink Perennial 3
Primrose Jasmine Jasminum mesnyi Yellow Vine Varies
Princess Flower Tibouchina urvilleana Blue Shrub 28
Purisima Tree Mallow Lavatera assurgentiflora 'Purisima' Lavender Shrub 113
Purple Leaf Wintercreeper Euonymus fortunei 'Colorata' Dark Green Shrub Varies
Red Hot Poker Kniphofia uvaria Orange Shrub 7
River Wattle Acacia subporosa Yellow Tree N/A
Rockrose Sageleaf Cistus salviifolius White Shrub 38
Rocky Point Ice Plant Malephora lutea Gold Succulent 13
Rosy Glow Barberry Berberis thunbergii 'Rose Glow' Yellow/Red Shrub 20
Rush Juncus balticus Green Perennial 7
San Diego County Viguiera Viguiera laciniata Yellow Perennial 7
San Diego Marsh Elder Iva hayesiana Green Perennial 20
Santa Barbara Sedge Carex barbarae Green Perennial 7
Scarlet Trumpet Vine Distictis buccinatoria Red Vine Varies
Sea Lavender Limonium perezii Blue Shrub 7
Sea Thrift Armeria maritima Pink Perennial 1
Sea Urchin Hakea Hakea laurina Red Tree N/A
Senecio Senecio mandraliscae White Succulent 3
Serbian Bellflower Campanula poscharskyana Blue Perennial Varies
Shiny Xylosma Xylosma congestum Light Green Shrub 64
Shrimp Pink Aloe Aloe saponaria Orange Succulent 113
Silver Carpet Lessingia Lessingia flilaginifolia 'Silver Carpet' Lavender Groundcover 38
Silver Jade Plant Crassula arborescens Pink Succulent 7
Silver Lace Society Garlic Tulbaghia violacea 'Silver Lace' Blue Perennial Varies
Smoke Tree Cotinus coggygria Pink Shrub 133
Snow in Summer Cerastium tomentosum White Perennial 7
Spanish Broom Spartium junceum Yellow Shrub 20
Spanish Dagger Yucca gloriosa White Palm 50
Sticks on Fire Euphorbia tirucalli Yellow/Orange Succulent 28
Stonecrop Sedum album Pink Groundcover Varies
Strawberry Guava Psidium cattleianum White Shrub Varies
Strawflower Helichrysum petiolare Yellow Groundcover 13
Sunrose Helianthemum nummularium Orange Shrub 7
Sweet Lavender Lavandula heterophylla Lavender Shrub 7
Sweet Olive Osmanthus fragrans White Shrub 113
Sweet Pea Shrub Polygala dalmaisiana Violet Shrub 20
Texas Firecracker Bush Hamelia patens Orange Shrub/Tree 28
Texas Mountain Laurel Sophora secundiflora Purple Tree N/A
Texas Olive Cordia boissieri White Shrub 64
Tickseed Coreopsis grandiflora 'Flying Saucer' Yellow Perennial 7
Tidy-tips Layia platyglossa Yellow Annual 3
Transvaal Daisy Gerbera jamesonii Orange Perennial N/A
Tufted Evening Primrose Oenothera caespitosa Pink Perennial 3
Variegated Italian Buckthorn Rhamnus alaternus variegata Dark Green Shrub 38
Wallflower Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' Lavender Perennial 28
Washington Thorn Crataegus phaenopyrum White Tree N/A
Weeping Myall Acacia pendula Yellow Tree N/A
Western Columbine Aquilegia formosa Red Perennial 2
Western Honey Mesquite Prosopis glandulosa torreyana White Tree N/A
Western Redbud Cercis occidentalis Violet Shrub 113
White Cloud Matilija Poppy Romneya 'White Cloud' White Perennial Varies
White Flowering Currant Ribes indecorum White Shrub 28
White Gaura Gaura lindheimeri White Perennial 10
White Trailing Ice Plant Delosperma 'Alba' White Succulent Varies
Woolly Blue Curls Trichostema lanatum Purple Shrub 28
Yellow Morning Glory Vine Merremia aurea Gold Vine Varies
Yellow Trumpet Vine Macfadyena unguis-cati Yellow Vine Varies

 

Common Name Botanical Name Color Type Mature Plant Coverage
(Square Feet)
California Copperleaf Acalypha californica Red Perennial 3
California Meadow Sedge Carex pansa Green Perennial 3
Chamise Adenostoma fasiculatum White Shrub 50
Chinese Trumpet Climber Campsis grandilfora Red Vine Varies
Chitalpa Chitalpa tashkentensis White Tree N/A
Coast Sunflower Encelia californica Yellow Shrub 13
Crane’s Bill Geranium incanum Lavender Perennial Varies
Creeping Thyme Thymus praecox 'Purple Carpet' Lavender Perennial 7
Dudleya Dudleya brittonii Yellow Succulent Varies
Dwarf Escallonia Escallonia 'Newport Dwarf' Pink Shrub 13
Dymondia Dymondia margaretae Yellow Groundcover Varies
Geraldton Wax Flower Chamelaucium uncinatum Pink Shrub 38
Giant Bursage Ambrosia ambrosioides Green Perennial 13
Googing Verbena Verbena goodingii Lavender Perennial 13
Hearst California Lilac Ceanothus hearstiorum Blue Shrub 38
Horsetail Reed Grass Equisetum hyemale Green Ornamental Grass Varies
Ice Plant Drosanthemum hispidum Purple Groundcover Varies
Island Bush Poppy Dendromecon harfordii Yellow Shrub 38
Island Bush Snapdragon Galvezia speciosa Red Shrub 13
Joint Fir Ephedra viridis Green Shrub 13
Lion’s Tail Leonotis leonorus Orange Shrub 28
Longleaf Mahonia Mahonia nervosa Yellow Shrub 7
Manzanita Arctostaphylos hookerii 'Monterey Carpet' Pink Groundcover Varies
Mountain Pennyroyal Monardella odoratissima Lavender Perennial 3
Mule Fat Baccharis glutinosa Green Shrub 28
Myoporum Myoporum parvifolium White Groundcover Varies
Naked Coral Tree Erythrina coralloides Red Tree N/A
Pineapple Guava Feijoa sellowiana Red Tree N/A
Pink Breath of Heaven Coleonema pulchrum Pink Shrub 20
Primrose Heron Lamb’s Ear Stachys byzantina 'Primrose Heron' Pink Groundcover 3
Red Apple Iceplant Aptenia cordifolia Red Perennial Varies
Red Flowering Gum Eucalyptus ficifolia Red Tree N/A
Red Shanks Adentostoma sparsifolium White Shrub 64
Rock Purslane Calandrinia grandiflora Pink Perennial 3
Sandhill Sagebrush Artemisia pycnocephalus ‘David’s Choice’ Any Color Shrub 7
Scarlet Bugler Penstemon centranthifolius Red Perennial 3
Scarlet Sage Salvia coccinea Red Perennial 7
Sea Dahlia Coreopsis maritima Yellow Perennial 3
Seaside Daisy Erigeron glaucus Lavender Perennial 3
Silver Bush Lupine Lupinus albifrons Blue Shrub 28
Spice Bush Calycanthus occidentalis Red Shrub 177
Striped Society Garlic Tulbaghia violacea 'Variegata' Blue Perennial Varies
White Australian Fuchsia Correa alba White Shrub 13
Wintercreeper Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gold' White Shrub Varies

 

Common Name Botanical Name Color Type Mature Plant Coverage
(Square Feet)
Arizona Ash Fraxinus velutina Green Tree N/A
Arizona Cypress Cupressus arizonica Grey Green Tree N/A
Australian Bluebell Sollya heterophylla Blue Shrub 20
Berkeley Sedge Carex tumulicola Green Sedge 3
Big Bluestem Andropogon gerardii Blue Ornamental Grass 50
Blue Star Creeper Pratia pedunculata Blue Groundcover Varies
Blue Wildrye Elymus glaucus Green Ornamental Grass Varies
Brewer Saltbush Atriplex lentiforms breweri Any Color Shrub 79
Buckwheat Selection Eriogonum fasciculatum 'Dana Point' White Perennial 20
Calibanus hookeri Calibanus hookeri Pink Succulent 7
California Bulrush Scirpus californica Green Perennial 3
California Wood Fern Dryopteris arguta Green Fern 13
Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Red Perennial 3
Cascalote Caesalpinia cacalaco Gold Tree N/A
Climbing Penstemon Keckiella cordifolia Orange Shrub 20
Common Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii Blue Shrub 38
Common Snowberry Symphoricarpos albus Pink Shrub 13
Coral Bells Heuchera maxima Pink Perennial 13
Cream Bush Holodiscus discolor Cream Shrub Varies
Creeping Mirror Plant Coprosma x kirkii Yellow Green Shrub 20
Creeping Thyme Thymus serpyllum Purple Perennial 7
Desert Lavender Hyptis emoryi Lavender Shrub 64
Dragon Tree Dracaena draco Green Tree N/A
Dutchman’s Pipe Aristolochia californica Green Vine 113
Dwarf Coyote Bush Baccharis pilularis White Groundcover 28
Evergreen Candytuft Iberis sempervirens White Annual 3
Fairwell to Spring Clarkia amoena Blue Annual 3
Fern Pine Podocarpus gracilior Light green Tree N/A
Flaxleaf Paperbark Melaleuca linariifolia White Tree N/A
Foxtail Grass Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster' Any Color Ornamental Grass 3
Giant Chain Fern Woodwardia fimbriata Dark Green Fern 7
Giant Lilyturf Liriope gigantea Blue Ornamental Grass Varies
Golden Currant Ribes aureum Yellow Shrub 13
Golden Dyssodia Dyssodia pentachaeta Yellow Perennial 3
Golden Yarrow Eriophyllum confertiflorum Yellow Annual 3
Heavenly Bamboo Nandina domestica White Shrub 13
Indian Mallow Abutilon palmeri Gold Shrub 13
Ivy Geranium Pelargonium peltatum Lavender Perennial 13
Japanese Boxwood Buxus japonica Green Shrub 20
Lavender Starflower Grewia occidentalis Lavender Shrub 50
Licorice Mint Agastache rupestris Any Color Perennial 7
Ligularia Ligularia dentata Yellow Perennial 7
Little Sur Manzanita Arctostaphylos edmundsii White Shrub 20
Louis Edmunds Ceanothus griseus 'Louis Edmunds' Blue Shrub Varies
Meadow Rue Thalictrum polycarpum Green Perennial 3
Mexican Bush Sage Salvia leucantha 'Midnight' Blue Shrub 13
Mexican Orange Choisya ternata White Shrub 38
Mosquito Grass Bouteloua gracilis Green Ornamental Grass 3
Mother-in-law’s Tongue Sansevieria trifasciata Green Perennial 3
Mountain Mahogany Cercocarpus betuloides White Shrub 50
Needle Grass Stipa pulchra Light Green Ornamental Grass 3
Noell’is Grevillea Grevillea 'Noellii' Pink Shrub 20
Oregon Grape Mahonia aquifolium Yellow Shrub 20
Peppermint Tree Agonis flexuosa White Tree N/A
Pitcher Sage Lepechinia calycina Pink Shrub 28
Purple Wood Spurge Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Purpurea' Green Perennial 3
San Miguel Coral Vine Antigonon leptopus Pink Vine Varies
Scarlet Monkeyflower Mimulus cardinalis Orange Perennial 3
Sideoats Grama Bouteloua curtipendula Purple Ornamental Grass 3
Silver Berry Elaeagnus pungens Grey Green Shrub 113
Sky Flower Duranta repens Blue Shrub 79
Society Garlic Tulbaghia violacea Lavender Perennial Varies
Spring Bear’s Breech Acanthus spinossimus Blue Perennial 7
Spring Cinquefoil Potentilla neumanniana Yellow Groundcover Varies
Star Jasmine Trachelospermum jasminoides White Vine 20
Strawberry Fragaria californica White Groundcover Varies
Sweet Alyssum Lobularia maritima Blue Annual Varies
Sweet Hakea Hakea suaveolens White Tree N/A
Switch Grass Panicum virgatum Blue Ornamental Grass 13
Tufted Hair Grass Deschampsia cae. holiciformis Blue Perennial Varies
Turkish Hazel Corylus colurna Dark Green Tree N/A
Valentine Emu Bush Eremophila 'Valentine' Pink Shrub 20
Variegated Ribbon Grass Phalaris arundinacea 'Picta' White Ornamental Grass Varies
Wax Leaf Privet Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum' White Shrub 50
Weeping Bottlebrush Callistemon viminalis Red Tree N/A
Wheeler’s Dwarf Pittosporum Pittosporum tobira 'Wheelerii' White Tree N/A
White Rain Lily Zephyranthes candida White Perennial 3
Willowleaf Cotoneaster Cotoneaster salicifolius White Shrub Varies
Woodland Forget Me Not Myosotis sylvatica Blue Shrub 3
Yellow Eyed Grass Sisyrinchium californicum Yellow Perennial 3
Yerba Buena Satureja douglasii White Perennial 7

 

Common Name Botanical Name Color Type Mature Plant Coverage (Square Feet)
Apache Plum Fallugia paradoxa White Shrub 13
Argentine Mesquite Prosopis alba Yellow Tree N/A
Australian Fuchsia Correa 'Ivory Bells' White Shrub 28
Baja Fairy Duster Calliandra californica Red Shrub 13
Banesei Aloe Aloe baneseii Pink Tree N/A
Barrel Cactus Ferocactus sp. Red Cactus 7
Bauer’s Dracaena Cordyline baueri White Shrub 7
Bear Grass Nolina microcarpa White Ornamental Grass 38
Beavertail Prickly Pear Opuntia basilaris Pink Cactus 13
Blackfoot Daisy Melampodium leucanthum Yellow Perennial 3
Bladder Pod Isomeris arborea Yellow Shrub 20
Brittlebush Encelia farinosa Yellow Shrub 7
Bush Marigold Tagetes lemmonii Yellow Perennial 28
California Fan Palm Washingtonia filifera Green Tree N/A
California Sagebrush Artemisia californica Any Color Shrub 20
Cape Honeysuckle Tecomaria capensis Orange Shrub 20
Cape Mallow Anisodontea x hypomandarum Pink Shrub 28
Cape Plumbago Plumbago auriculata Blue Shrub 79
Catclaw Acacia Acacia greggii Yellow Shrub 177
Center Band Agave Agave lophantha Green Succulent 3
Chaparral Honeysuckle Lonicera subspicata Yellow Vine Varies
Chaste Tree Vitex agnus-castus Blue Tree N/A
Chocolate Flower Berlandiera lyrata Yellow Perennial 7
Chuparosa Justicia californica Red Shrub 28
Coast Live Oak Quercus agrifolia Dark Green Tree N/A
Cockspur Coral Erythrina crista-galli Red Tree N/A
Coral Aloe Aloe striata Orange Succulent 7
Coyote Bush Baccharis pilularis ‘Twin Peaks’ Yellow Groundcover 28
Creosote Bush Larrea tridentata Yellow Shrub 28
Crispus Rockrose Cistus crispus Pink Shrub 20
Curl-leaf Mahogany Cercocarpus ledifolius Yellow Tree N/A
Cushion Bush Calocephalus brownii White Shrub 7
Date Palm Phoenix dactylifera Yellow Tree N/A
Desert Century Plant Agave deserti Yellow Succulent 3
Desert Ironwood Olneya tesota Lavender Tree N/A
Desert Marigold Baileya multiradiata Gold Annual Varies
Desert Ruellia Ruellia peninsularis Blue Shrub 13
Desert Willow Chilopsis linearis Lavender Tree N/A
Desert Willow Pittosporum phillyraeoides Yellow Tree N/A
Dracaena Cordyline australis Blue Shrub Varies
Dusty Miller Centaurea cineraria Blue Perennial 3
Dusty Miller Senecio cineraria Yellow Perennial 7
Emu Bush Eremophila glabra Red Shrub 38
Euryops Euryops pectinatus Yellow Shrub 20
Evergreen Spurge Euphorbia characias wulfenii Green Perennial 13
Feathery Cassia Cassia artemisiodes Yellow Shrub 20
Flannel Bush Fremontodendron californicum Yellow Shrub Varies
Four Wing Saltbush Atriplex canescens Yellow Shrub 28
Franchet Cotoneaster Cotoneaster franchetii Pink Shrub 38
Giant Dagger Yucca Yucca faxoniana White Tree N/A
Globe Mallow Sphaeralcea ambigua Orange Perennial 7
Golden Barrel Cactus Echinocactus grusonii Gold Cactus 13
Green Desert Spoon Dasylirion acrotriche Green Shrub 20
Hildmann Cactus Cereus hildmannianus Yellow Cactus Varies
Holly Leaf Cherry Prunus ilicifolia White Shrub Varies
Homestead Purple Verbena Verbena 'Homestead Purple' Purple Perennial 7
Horsetail Tree Casuarina equisetifolia Green Tree N/A
Huntington Carpet Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis  Blue Groundcover Varies
Incense Cedar Calocedrus decurrens Green Tree N/A
Jade Plant Crassula argentea Pink Shrub 20
Jojoba Simmondsia chinensis Yellow Shrub 79
Joshua Tree Yucca brevifolia Green Tree N/A
Knobcone Pine Pinus attenuata Green Tree N/A
Lavender Spice Poliomintha maderensis Any Color Shrub 7
Lemonade Berry Rhus integrifolia Pink Shrub 79
Lilac Melaleuca Melaleuca decussata Lavender Shrub Varies
Little Leaf Cordia Cordia parvifolia White Shrub 50
Mediterranean Fan Palm Chamaerops humilis Green Palm 224
Mescat Acacia Acacia constricta Yellow Tree N/A
Mexican Blue Palm Brahea armata White Palm 254
Mexican Blue Palm Erythea armata White Palm 79
Mexican Bush Lobelia Lobelia laxiflora Orange Perennial Varies
Mexican Evening Primrose Oenothera berlandieri Pink Perennial 7
Mexican Honeysuckle Justicia spicigera Orange Shrub 28
Mexican Tulip Poppy Hunnemannia fumariifolia Yellow Annual Varies
Mohave Yucca Yucca schidigera Purple Tree N/A
Mulga Acacia aneura Yellow Tree N/A
Muskogee Crape Myrtle Lagerstroemia 'Muskogee' Lavender Tree N/A
Nevin’s Barberry Mahonia nevinii Yellow Shrub 113
New Mexican Privet Forestiera neomexicana Yellow Shrub 113
Ocotillo, Coach Whip Fouquieria splendens Red Shrub 79
Old Man Cactus Cephalocereus senilis Pink Cactus N/A
Orange Century Plant Agave parryi huachucensis Grey Green Succulent 3
Our Lord’s Candle Yucca whipplei White Shrub 28
Palo Verde Cercidium floridum Yellow Tree N/A
Peruvian Tree Cactus Cereus peruvianus Yellow Cactus 177
Point Reyes Creeper Ceanothus gloriosus Blue Groundcover 79
Pony Tail Beaucarnea recurvata White Shrub 95
Pride of Madeira Echium fastuosum Blue Shrub 64
Prostrate Chamise Adenostoma fasiculatum prostrate White Shrub 50
Purple Hopseed Bush Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea' Green Shrub 113
Queen Victoria Agave Agave victoriae-reginae Purple Succulent 3
Rabbitbush Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Shrub 7
Red Bird of Paradise Caesalpinia pulcherrima Orange Tree/Shrub Varies
Red Monkey Flower Mimulus puniceus Orange Shrub 13
Red Yucca Hesperaloe chiangii Red Perennial 38
Roman Chamomile Chamaemelum nobile Yellow Perennial Varies
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis Blue Shrub 13
Scandia Juniper Juniperus sabina 'Scandia' Blue Green Groundcover 38
Scarlet Bugler Penstemon barbatus Red Perennial 7
Shademaster Locust Gleditsia triacanthos  Light Green Tree N/A
Shoestring Acacia Acacia stenophylla Yellow Tree N/A
Silk Oak Grevillea robusta Gold Tree N/A
Silver Cloud Texas Sage Leucophyllum candicans  Blue Shrub 20
Soaptree Yucca Yucca elata White Tree N/A
Spanish Bayonet Yucca aloifolia Green Shrub 79
Spreading Acacia Acacia redolens Yellow Shrub 177
Succulents Aeonium species Pink Succulent 7
Sundrops Calylophus hartwegii Yellow Perennial 7
Swan Hill Olive Olea europaea 'Swan Hill' Grey Green Tree N/A
Sweet Acacia Acacia farnesiana Yellow Tree N/A
Sweet Broom Genista spachiana Yellow Shrub 28
Texas Ranger Leucophyllum frutescens Pink Shrub 38
Toyon Heteromeles arbutifolia White Shrub 7
Trailing Germander Teucrium chamaedrys Blue Shrub 3
Trailing Ice Plant Lampranthus spectabilis Blue Groundcover 13
Trailing Indigo Bush Dalea greggii Blue Groundcover 28
Triangle Leaf Bur Sage Ambrosia deltoidea Green Perennial Varies
Tussock Sedge Carex stricta Brown Perennial 20
White Oleander Nerium oleander 'White White Shrub 113
White Sage Salvia apiana White Shrub 28
Windmill Palm Trachycarpus fortunei Green Palm 79
Winterfat Ceratoides lanata White Shrub 7
Winterfat Krascheninnikovia lanata White Shrub 7
Yellow Bells Tecoma stans Yellow Shrub 28
Yellow Bird of Paradise Bush Caesalpinia gilliesii Red Tree/Shrub N/A
Yellow Oleander Thevetia peruviana Orange Shrub Varies