Water-Thrifty Plants for Indian Wells Valley Landscapes
Welcome to Water-Thrifty Plants for the Indian Wells Valley. The information on this site is a guide to plants
adapted to grow in the California High Desert. As demand on our region’s limited water resources increases,
it becomes more important that we use our water wisely. Because more than half of residential water is used
outdoors, choosing water-efficient plants for your landscape can make a big impact in reducing dependence
on this valuable, irreplaceable resource. This site does not list all plants that will grow in the Valley, but
includes those known to perform well in this region. Select from more than 240 plants with over 700 photos,
listed in alphabetical order by their scientific (botanical) name. There are a number of ways you can access
Search By Plant Type
Click on the photos of Plant Types below to browse and review plants within a specific category.
allows you to find plants to fulfill a specific need, such as water use, height or width, flower color,
bloom season and more. The more specific your selections, the fewer the plants sorted for your review.
Reduce your criteria for more choices. Also, use this feature to search for plants by name—both botanic (Latin) and common names.
Wondering what Low Water, Reflected Sun, Hardy to Cold and Canopy Coverage mean?
Learn the basics
of what a plant needs to grow successfully in your yard.