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Monday - May 25, 2009

From: Corinth, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Herbs/Forbs, Shrubs, Vines
Title: Plants for area near saltwater pool near Dallas
Answered by: Nan Hampton


Could you recommend perennial plants that would do well next to my saltwater pool just north of Dallas (Corinth) Texas?


Here are several perennial plants that are salt tolerant and are known to grow in or adjacent to Dallas County, Texas.


Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Artemisia ludoviciana (white sagebrush)

Asclepias tuberosa (butterfly milkweed)

Teucrium canadense (Canada germander)


Muhlenbergia capillaris (hairawn muhly)

Tridens flavus (purpletop tridens)


Morella cerifera (wax myrtle)

Lonicera sempervirens (trumpet honeysuckle)

Achillea millefolium

Artemisia ludoviciana

Asclepias tuberosa

Teucrium canadense

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Tridens flavus

Morella cerifera

Lonicera sempervirens



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