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Dry Climate Herbs

Guest Author - Rebecca Lee Graf

There are numerous climates on this earth. Tropical, cold, wet, dry, or mild are a few of the climates that animals and plants find themselves growing in. It can be a struggle when living in particular climates to find the right herbs that can survive. Many herbs require lots of moisture which means that a dry climate is not ideal. Other herbs do not need to be watered often so living in a rainforest is not ideal.

Living in a dry climate can be especially challenging. There can be very little water. The soil can be porous or thick clay. Dry climates can be far north, far south, or even right on the equator.

The challenge of the dryness and issues with soil type can be resolved just by using the right type of soil in pots and keeping it watered. In that case, any herb can grow in the dry climate but thriving is another thing altogether. Those herbs that are made for dry climates are the ones that will thrive and give the highest flavor, production, and quality. It is these herbs that someone living in dry climates can use with ease.

When looking for the right herbs in a dry climate, talk with your local nursery to see what works best. They will be the most knowledge for your area of the world. Also talk with experts online and herbalists. You can always experiment with herbs not typically found in dry climates to see how they work when tended to. This can cost money as many plants will die in the experiment.

Which plants work best in dry climates? Which ones do not need moisture and can live through periods of no water? There are more than you might imagine. Many of them thrive in such conditions. Here is a list of some herbs that can successfully grow in dry climates. Once again, talk to a local expert to verify which ones grow best in your area.

Agrimony
Aloe vera
Anise hyssop
Blessed thistle
Blue Gum eucalyptus
Borage
Butterfly weed
Chamomile
Chaste Tree
Chicory
Cinquefoil
Clary sage
Clove Pink
Costmary
Cumin
Damask Rose
Evening primrose
Fennel
Fenugreek
French marigold
French sorrel
Garlic
Germander
Gopher Purge
Gray santolina
Hawthorne
Hops
Horehound
Hyssop
Joe Pye Weed
Lambís Ear
Lemon verbena
Marjoram
Milk Thistle
Mugwort
Mullein
Nasturtium
Oregano
Orris root
Purple coneflower
Rosemary
Safflower
Saffron
Salad Burnet
Soapwort
Spiderwort
St. Johnís Wort
Sweet basil
Tansy
Thyme
Vetiver
Wintergreen
Wood Betony
Wormwood
Yarrow

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Content copyright © 2013 by Rebecca Lee Graf. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Rebecca Lee Graf. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Bettina Thomas-Smith for details.

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