Welcome to the
Utah Water-Wise Plants Website!
In order to assist
Utah citizens in identifying water-wise plants for our region, we have
developed a program to recognize desirable low water use species. Representatives
from several government and local organizations have worked together to
organize a list of ornamental trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, ornamental
grasses, and ground covers that meet the criteria listed below:
2) adapted to Utah's arid climate and cold winters,
3) available in the industry,
4) relatively easy to maintain in the landscape, and
5) have desirable landscape characteristics which remain desirable under
limited water availability.
Our 'water-wise' designation
means a plant needs to be watered at most once every two weeks
after establishment and will still retain its aesthetic
A generic, bright
yellow tag or label with a recognizable logo will show you, the consumers,
that "this" is a water-wise plant. Look for this tag
at participating Nurseries and Garden
Centers throughout the state, and you will know you are purchasing
a recommended plant- it's as easy as that!
About this website
This website was developed
to be a companion to the Water-Wise Tagging Program. Here you will find
photos of plants on the Utah
Water-Wise Plants list, as well as descriptions and cultural information.
Using the navigation
menu to the left, you may search for plants meeting your specific site
needs (i.e., shade, zone 5, etc.). You may also browse through all the
plants in the database, arranged by category. And a new feature, Water-Wise
Landscaping in Action, shows you examples of homeowners that have
implemented these principles and plants in their own yards!
feel free to add a plant to your "My List", a feature that allows
you to compile a list of your favorite plants on this website. After compilation,
you may print out the list and take it with you to your local nursery
or garden center.