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The arid Southwest has been heavily impacted by drought and climate change. The Southwest states are some of the driest in the nation. Water shortages are also common, especially in the late summer when water restrictions are often imposed. Drought can damage pastures and crops, leading to economic losses in agriculture. This fact sheet is the third in a series of three that provide an overview of drought-tolerant crops, grasses, and native plants, which may assist in maintaining agricultural production for food, feed, and cosmetics and sustain grasslands and rangelands in the arid Southwest. The following ornamental, herbs, and cosmetics are drought tolerant. Their drought-tolerant features are discussed in addition to soil preferences, preferred growing conditions, and market conditions and profitability.



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