An incredibly unique plant, this South African bulb boasts thickly striped buds, which open up to white starry flowers come spring. A good choice for water-wise gardens, this plant requires low to no water in summer with average irrigating during spring.
Originally from the Great Basin, this wild lily is notably low-water as it emerged from a region known for harsh desert conditions, cold winters, and hot summers. It’s commonly grown in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, and eastern California in high desert scrub, pine, and juniper woodlands.
A lover of shaded, tree-covered areas, this bulb-producing perennial hosts creamy white flowers with yellow undersides. An early-spring Northern-California bloomer, the fawnlily prefers rich and well-drained soils and goes dormant in spring, minimizing watering during hot summer months.
Growing just under twelve inches tall, these container-friendly flowers come in red, pink, violet, lavender, and white. Native to Mediterranean climates, cyclamen bring heart-shaped leaves to the garden in spring and go dormant in summer.
These fall-blooming corms yield purple petals. Their bright red stigmas produce the common culinary herb, saffron. Due to each flower's miniscule offering, it’s hard to grow industrial amounts. Nevertheless, they make great low-water options due to their attractive color and summer dormancy.