Arid and Hot
Arid and Hot: The Southwest
This region covers the low and mid-elevation deserts and hot drylands of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and southwestern California. This region corresponds with USDA Zones 8–10 and Sunset Zones 10, 12, 13, 29, and 30.
This region can grow all the species listed for the Hot and Humid zone if sufficient irrigation is provided. In addition, the following species are drought-tolerant.
Perennial in all of the Arid and Hot zone without substantial irrigation:
Atriplex halimus saltbush
Cnidoscolus spp. bull nettles
Opuntia spp. spineless nopale cactus
Perennial without irrigation in warmer parts of the Arid and Hot zone, or perennial with protection. Most of these species can also be grown as annuals in the colder parts of this zone.
Cnidoscolus chayamansa ‘Stingless’ chaya (as dieback perennial)
Dolichos lablab hyacinth bean
Manihot esculenta cassava
Moringa oleifera moringa (as a dieback perennial)
Moringa stenopetala moringa (as a dieback perennial)
Phaseolus lunatus Lima bean
Tegragonia tegragonioides New Zealand spinach