Which perennials grow well in dry soils?


Which perennials grow well in dry soils?


Perennials for sunny locations that tolerate dry soils include,

  • yarrow (Achillea spp.)**
  • golden marguerite (Anthemis tinctoria)
  • butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)+
  • sea thrift (Armeria maritima)*
  • wormwood (Artemisia spp.)**
  • false blue indigo (Baptisia australis)*
  • threadleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata)*
  • pink (Dianthus spp.)
  • purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)+
  • globe thistle (Echinops ritro)
  • sea holly (Eryngium alpinum)
  • blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora)
  • baby's breath (Gypsophila spp.)
  • showy stonecrop (Hylotelephium spectabile)
  • blazing star (Liatris spicata)*
  • sea lavender (Limonium latifolium)
  • hollyhock mallow (Malva alcea)
  • catmint (Nepeta racemosa)
  • Ozark sundrops (Oenothera missouriensis)*
  • Russian sage (Salvia yangii, syn. Perovskia atriplicifolia)
  • moss phlox (Phlox subulata)+
  • black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)*
  • goldenrod (Solidago)**
  • lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina)
  • aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium)+
  • ornamental grasses (various species)**

Perennials for shady locations that tolerate dry conditions include, 

  • bear’s breeches (Acanthus spinosus)
  • lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis)
  • columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)+
  • masterwort (Astrantia major)
  • yellow corydalis (Corydalis lutea)
  • barrenwort, bishop's hat (Epimedium × rubrum)

* Native to parts of North America
** Some species native to parts of North America
+ Native to North America, including parts of Iowa

Learn more in this article: Perennials Tolerant of Dry Conditions

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