30 Best Drought Tolerant Plants That Grow In Lack Of Water

All plants need water to survive but some can also do well with little quantity of it! Here are some Best Drought Tolerant Plants!

Planting drought-tolerant plants is a great idea if you live in areas with unfavorable weather. They are less thirsty, resilient, and can survive in tough environmental conditions. Here are some Best Drought Tolerant Plants you can easily grow!

Best Drought Tolerant Succulents

1. Agave

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Agaves store water in their thick foliage and this makes them for without it for long. Landscapers often grow them due to the unusual shape of their foliage too!

Here are some of the bets agave varieties you can grow

2. Lithops

Lithops are unique, stone-like succulent plants with a very low watering requirement. This attribute makes them one of the best plants for newbie gardeners.

Check out our article on growing lithops here

3. Sedum

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Known for its resistance to drought and low maintenance nature, this plant also grows well in all soil types and prefers plenty of light and sunshine.

Here are some of the best sedum varieties you can grow

4. Adenium

Also known as “Desert Rose,” Adenium is a tropical succulent that requires occasional watering. It does well in full sun and can also be grown as a houseplant in colder climates.

Check out article on desert rose care here!

5. Jade Plant

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Featuring fleshy paddle-shaped leaves, Jade is a popular succulent. It is also believed to bring good luck to the owner.

Check out some amazing jade plant benefits here

6. Haworthia

Native to South Africa, Hawarothias are small and beautiful succulents. They boast fleshy green leaves and require partial sun, sandy soil, and warm temperature to grow.

Best Drought Tolerant Cacti

Not only cacti need less water, but they are also low-maintenance and easy to grow. During the period of drought, these tough plants shrink and use the reserved water. 

7. Bunny Ears Cactus

With its unique foliage that looks like ears of a bunny, it can be a great houseplant. It grows 2-3 feet tall and also produces white flowers.

8. Blue Flame Cactus

Also known as bilberry cactus, blue flame boasts blue-green color and needs full sun and well-drained soil to grow well.

9. Claret Cup Cactus

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Popularly known as hedgehog and kingcup cactus, this cactus can grow up to 3-4 feet tall and produces bright orange juicy fruits that have a strawberry-like taste.

Here are some of the best cacti you can grow

Other Drought Tolerant Plants

10. Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea is a champion in tolerating droughts. It’s one of the toughest shrubs that thrives on neglect in extreme and intense conditions.

Check out our article on best Bougainvillea care tips here

11. Portulaca

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Moss rose is a drought-tolerant flowering plant that thrives in dry, poor soil. Due to its thick succulent leaves, it can survive for a long time without water.

12. Blanket Flower

The blanket flower has no special needs. Anyone without a green thumb can make it bloom prolifically. All it really wants is a sunny spot and occasional watering spells.

13. Verbena

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Verbena is an excellent ground cover that spreads rapidly and thrives in high heat and a little water. It does well in full sun and well-drained soil.

14. Lantana

Lantana is a hardy tropical plant grown for its fragrant, colorful flowers. The plant loves heat and drought, is less demanding, and can be grown in any soil type.

Here’s all you need to know about growing lantana

15. Wallflower

Known for the beautiful colors and sweet aroma, wallflowers are short-lived perennials and require occasional watering. Flowers appear in spring and summer in clusters.

16. Oleander

Oleander is a tropical shrub that blooms prolifically. It produces beautiful fragrant flowers of different colors, like yellow, pink, red, white, and purple.

17. Rock Soapwort

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Grow this plant if you’re searching for the one that thrives on neglect, requires no fertilizers, and performs well in poor soil and drought-like conditions.

18. Sage

This drought-resistant herb is famous for its aromatic flavor. Sage has low watering requirements, and overwatering can kill the plant quickly.

Check out our article on growing sage here

19. Poppy

Thanks to the vibrant colors, poppies are the biggest attraction in any garden or a patio. To grow poppies all you need is sufficient exposure to sun and low to moderate watering.

Here’s all the information you need on growing poppies

20. Lavender Cotton

This mound-forming shrub has grey-green foliage and pretty button-like flowers that appear in summer. It does well in low water and thrives in full sun.

21. Lavender

This unmistakable flowering herb is easy to grow and is quite drought-tolerant. You can also plant it in the pot indoors to enjoy its refreshing fragrance!

Check out our article on growing lavender here

22. Rock Daisy

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It is most suitable for rock gardens. These flowering plants thrive well in neglect and lack of water.

23. Globe Thistle

Once established, globe thistles tolerate drought and are probably one of the easiest perennial you can have in your garden.

24. Rose Campion

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Rose Campion is admired for its silvery-green foliage. The plant requires only supplemental watering during prolonged dry periods.

25. Red Valerian

This drought-tolerant plant has fragrant round clusters of flowers that appear from late spring and complements its fleshy blue-green foliage.

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26. Euphorbia

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Most of the plants from the Euphorbia genus tolerate the scarcity of water easily and don’t require special attention.

27. Russian Sage

This tough and drought-resistant shrub is truly an admirable plant, thanks to its silvery foliage and beautiful plumes of lavender color flowers.

28. Yarrow

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Yarrows are low maintenance plants with fern-like decorative foliage. They’re suitable for borders, wildflower meadows, and rock gardens.

29. Pineleaf Penstemon

Pineleaf Penstemon is a herbaceous perennial and low-maintenance plant. It blooms wonderful scarlet-red flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies alike.

30. Agastache

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Boasting pink, blue, white, and orange flowers, Agastache is a drought-loving plant. It attracts hummingbirds, pollinators, and beautiful butterflies!

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  1. Many of these are tropicals and will not grow well in zone 7 or lower. They cannot survive winter. Lantana is great, but doesn’t smell very nice.

    • Lantana, although an introduced species actually provides a safe home or hideaway from birds for our smaller native rodents and marsupials. It was first introduced by a wealthy English family at Daisy Hill in QLD. I learnt about it on a year 12 biology/ecology field trip to the nature reserve there.

    • Lantana is NOT poisonous. That is a myth perpetuated by a few folks. I have done a lot of research and the general consensus is that the plant is not poisonous. I have grown it for over 20 years and have never had a problem with it.

  2. Helpful, but not exactly what I’m looking for…I need to find plants that are good for Part shade/Part sun, and don’t need much watering, but most importantly, child friendly and pretty.

  3. Hi I have a caravan on solway firth, and have a few ceramic pots, which I would to put plants in but I am only there every 3 weeks. Is there any plants that would be suitable. In the winter I put pansies in and they were great. Thank you

  4. There are a lot of plants who don’t require much water to survive like Succulents and you have mentioned some of them; Succulents come in lots of varieties (like slender cacti, spiky sedum, smooth Echeverri, or flowering Kalanchoe), but typically enjoy sunlight and dry air. Their thick leaves store water, so they typically only require weekly watering.

  5. I have 2 large terracotta pots at my front door, I have one with impatiens in it. what other flowers can I plant in them, I know impatiens dont like sun so both pots are in shady areas, no sun at all so I kind of want something that will grow needing no sun but not too big wither.


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