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Low Water Use Plants
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

There are many varieties of low water use plants that can withstand dry summers,
and that actually thrive in drier soil. Here are a few of them. Because some plants have several common names, we have also listed their botanical names in Latin, the universal language of horticulture and botany.

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Common name
Botanical Name
Trees Amur Maple Acer ginnala 20'-25'
Austrian Pine Pinus nigra 50'
Japanese Black Pine Pinus thunbergii 6-10'
Cornelian Cherry Cornus Mas 20-25'
London Plane Platanus x acerifolia 50'
White Oak Quercus alba 50'
Shrubs Broom Cytisus scoparius 5-6'
Flowering Quince Chaenomeles specoisa 6'-10'
Junipers Juniperus sp. 2'-9'
Cinquefoil Potentilla 3'-4'
Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii 6-10'
Rose-of-Sharon Hibiscus syriacus Diana 6-8'
Winterberry Ilex verticillata 8-10'
Mugo Pine(dwarf) Pinus mugo 3-4'
Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 6-8"
Creeping Lilly-turf Liriope spicata 6-8"
Violets Viola sp.. 6-8"
Snow-in-Summer Cerastium tomentosum 6-8"
Perrenials New England Aster Aster Novae-angliae 15-30"
Gaillardia aristata 24-36"
Moonbeam Coreopsis verticillata 24-36"
Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea 24-36"
Lavender Lavendula ‘Hidcote Blue 12-36"
Sedum (Acre, Red
Carpet, Ruby Glow,
Sedum sp. 18-24"
Daylily Hemerocallis 18-48"
Yarrow, The Pearl,
Summer Pastels
Achillea sp. 18-36
Annuals Cosmos Cosmos sp. 3'
Gazania Gazania 6-18"
Marigold Dimorpotheca sp. 4-6"
Portulaca Portulaca gradiflora 8"
Strawflower Heliochrysum bracteatum 3'
Sweet William Dianthus Barbatus 2'