If you are interested in species that are adapted to sunny, dry conditions, the ones listed below will provide you with gorgeous color, stabilize the soil with deep roots and attract pollinators to your area.

 

 

Seeding Rate - 5 oz./1000 s.f. or 10 lbs./acre 

Dryland Species - Forbs

Scientific NameCommon Name$/oz.ColorHeightBloomMoistureSun
Achillea millefoliumYarrow$12.50White2'July-AugustM-DPS-S
Allium cernuumNodding Wild Onion$22.00Lavender1'July-AugustM-DMPS-S
Amorpha canescens*Lead Plant$20.00Violet3'June-AugustM-DPS-S
Anemone cylindricaThimbleweed$60.00White2'-3'May-JuneM-DPS-S
Anemone virginianaTall Thimbleweed$60.00White4'June-AugustDMPS-S
Aquilegia canadensisWild Columbine$35.00Red/Yellow3'May-JuneM-DPS-S
Asclepias syriacaCommon Milkweed$15.00Pink4'July-AugustWM-DMPS-S
Asclepias tuberosaButterfly Weed$40.00Orange2'July-AugustM-DPS-S
Aster cordifoliusHeart-leaved Aster$85.00Violet1'-3'Aug.-Sept.M-DPS-S
Aster laevisSmooth Aster$42.00Blue3'Sept.-Oct.M-DPS-S
Aster novae-angliaeNew England Aster$42.00Purple3'-5'Aug.-Oct.W-DMPS-S
Aster oolentangiensisPrairie Heart-leaved Aster$40.00Blue-Yellow1'-4'July-Nov.DPS-S
Aster pilosusHairy Aster$17.50White3'Aug.-Oct.M-DPS-S
Aster sagittifoliusArrow-leaved Aster$45.00Blue3'Aug.-Oct.M-DMPS-S
Campanula americanaTall Bellflower$50.00Blue3'-4'July-Sept.M-DMPS
Ceanothus americanus*New Jersey Tea$40.00White2'-3'June-AugustM-DPS-S
Coreopsis lanceolataSand Tickseed$12.00Yellow2'June-JulyDM-DS
Coreopsis palmataPrairie Coreopsis$42.00Yellow2'June-AugustM-DPS-S
Coreopsis tripterisTall Coreopsis$25.00Yellow5'-7'July-AugustWM-DMPS-S
Echinacea purpurea**Purple Coneflower$ 5.00Purple3'-4'July-Sept.M-DPS-S
Eryngium yuccifoliumRattlesnake-Master$17.00White4'-5'July-AugustWM-DMS
Eupatorium rugosumSnakeroot$32.00White2'-4'Aug.-Sept.WM-DMPS-S
Euphorbia corollataFlowering Spurge$70.00White2'-4'July-AugustM-DPS-S
Geranium maculatumWild Geranium$85.00Lavender1'April-MayM-DMPS-S
Gnaphalium obtusifoliumCatsfoot$50.00White1'-3'July-Sept.DM-DS
Helianthus divaricatusWoodland Sunflower$55.00Yellow3'July-Sept.DM-DPS
Helianthus occidentalisWestern Sunflower$45.00Yellow2'-3'Aug.-Sept.M-DPS-S
Heliopsis helianthoidesFalse Sunflower$12.00Yellow4'-6'July-Sept.M-DMPS-S
Kuhnia eupatorioidesFalse Boneset$25.00Cream2'-4'Aug.-Sept.DM-DPS-S
Lespedeza capitataRound headed Bush-Clover$20.00Green3'-4'Aug.-Sept.M-DPS-S
Liatris asperaRough Blazing Star$45.00Purple2'-3'Aug.-Sept.DM-DPS-S
Lupinus perennisWild Lupine$35.00Lavender1'-2'May-JuneWM-DPS-S
Monarda fistulosaWild Bergamot$25.00Lavender2'-4'July-AugustWM-DPS-S
Monarda punctataHorsemint$30.00Pink1'-3'July-AugustDPS-S
Oenothera biennisCommon Evening Primrose$10.00Yellow2'-5'July-Sept.WM-DPS-S
Penstemon digitalisFoxglove Beard-tongue$20.00White3'-5'June-JulyM-DMPS-S
Penstemon hirsutusHairy Beard-tongue$45.00Lavender2'May-JuneDM-DPS-S
Pycnanthemum virginianumCommon Mountain Mint$60.00White2'-3'July-AugustW-DMPS-S
Ratibida pinnataYellow Coneflower$10.00Yellow3'-6'July-Sept.WM-DPS-S
Rudbeckia hirtaBlack-eyed Susan$ 7.50Yellow1'-2'June-Sept.M-DPS-S
Rudbeckia trilobaThree-lobed Coneflower$20.00Yellow4'Aug-Sept.WM-DMPS-S
Senecio obovatusRound-leaved Ragwort$65.00Yellow2'May-JuneD-MPS-S
Silphium integrifoliumRosin Weed$20.00Yellow4'-6'July-Sept.WM-DPS-S
Silphium laciniatumCompass Plant$30.00Yellow6'-10'July-Sept.WM-DPS-S
Silphium perfoliatumCupplant$15.00Yellow5'-8'July-Sept.WM-DMPS-S
Silphium terebinthinaceumPrairie Dock$28.00Yellow5'-10'July-Sept.WM-DMPS-S
Solidago caesiaBlue-stemmed Goldenrod$90.00Yellow1'-3'Aug.-Oct.DPS-S
Solidago graminifoliaGrassleaved Goldenrod$50.00Yellow2'-4'July-Sept.W-DPS-S
Solidago junceaEarly Goldenrod$65.00Yellow3'Aug.-Oct.DM-DPS-S
Solidago nemoralisOld-Field Goldenrod$50.00Yellow2'Aug.-Oct.DM-DPS-S
Solidago rigidaStiff Goldenrod$22.00Yellow3'-5'Aug.-Oct.WM-DPS-S
Solidago speciosaShowy Goldenrod$28.00Yellow2'-7'Aug.-Oct.M-DPS-S
Tradescantia ohiensisCommon Spiderwort$30.00Blue2'-4'May-JulyWM-DPS-S
Verbena strictaHoary Vervain$15.00Purple2'-3'Aug.-Sept.DM-DPS-S
Veronicastrum virginicumCulver's Root$62.00White4'-6'July-Aug.WM-DMPS-S
Zizia aureaGolden Alexander$16.00Yellow2'-3'May-JuneM-DMPS-S

Dryland Species - Grasses 

Scientific NameCommon Name$/oz.$/lb. HeightBloom TimeMoistureSun
 Andropogon gerardiiBig Bluestem$3.00$18.005'-8'Warm SeasonWM-DPS-S
 Bouteloua curtipendula**Side-oats Grama 3.00$25.001'-2'Warm SeasonDM-DPS-S
Elymus canadensis**Canada Wild-rye$4.00$19.003'-5'Cool SeasonM-DPS-S
 Elymus hystrixBottlebrush Grass$16.004'Warm SeasonM-DPS-S
 Eragrostis spectabilisPurple Lovegrass$85.001'-2'Warm SeasonDPS-S
Koeleria macrantha (cristata)June Grass$24.002'Cool Season DM-DPS-S
Panicum virgatumSwitch Grass$3.00$17.003'-5'Warm SeasonWM-DPS-S
Schizachyrium scopariusLittle Bluestem$3.00$31.002'-3'Warm SeasonM-DPS-S
Sorghastrum nutansIndian Grass$3.00$28.005'-8'Warm SeasonM-DPS-S
Sporobolus heterolepisPrairie Dropseed$16.001'-3'Warm SeasonM-DMS