xerophyte

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xerophyte

a plant that is adapted to growing in areas with low or irregular supplies of water. Various modifications can be noted which reduce water loss by TRANSPIRATION: sunken STOMATA (e.g. Pinus); rolled leaves with the stomata on the inner surface only (e.g. MARRAM GRASS); development of leaf spines (e.g. gorse); possession of small leaves (e.g. many heathers). Compare HYDROPHYTE, MESOPHYTE.
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Other drought-tolerant plants to beat the heat this summer are any of the Mediterranean species such as rosemary, thyme and lavender, as well as those with furry silvery leaves such as stachys, verbascum and salvias.
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Chance, a professional gardener and member of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America and Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society, provides descriptions of many species of cacti, succulents, and companion plants that can thrive in colder, wetter climates if one follows his cultural tips for enhancing the hardiness of drought-tolerant plants. Chance also covers container gardening and plant propagation from cuttings and seeds.
Watson Land Company takes a similar course of action by planting drought-tolerant plants. "In terms of sustainable development, there's a desire to hold or retain water onsite and not tax the sewer system," says Ryan.
Illustrated with color photos, design sketches, and illustrations on every page, this guide for homeowners and business owners shows how to combine ecological principles with design principles to create beautiful home or office landscapes that require only minimal resources to maintain, using drought-tolerant plants native to the Intermountain West region.
Select drought-tolerant plants: California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), catmint (Nepeta x faassenii), lantana (Lantana camara), snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum), and yarrow (Achillea millefolium).
The design blended water with drought-tolerant plants and synthetic materials to highlight principles and use of water movement and conservation.
Ideally, we'd like to see Angelenos change their habits in longer-lasting ways, such as landscaping with drought-tolerant plants. But as a means of cutting use and promoting mindfulness, these restrictions make sense.
Institutions can also follow the example of California State University, Fullerton, and landscape with drought-tolerant plants or install cisterns to catch rainwater, as the University of Denver and Xavier University (Ohio) do.