Drought Resistant Plants

Am doing some plant propagation, as usual, and am making a list of plants that I am interested in.  Mostly drought resistant plants for the time being.  Here is my current list:

  • ♦ Edelweiss – Ground Cover ($3 or $35 for 10g)
  • Chaparral – creosote bush- effective antibiotic  ($2.25 or $14)
  • Wattle –
  • Sea Buckthorn – ($3 or $7 for 10 or $40 for 100)
  • Santolina
  • Artemesias
    • White Mugwort – non-invasive.  green. 3-5 ft tall.
    • Russian Santonica (sold out) 1 foot tall
    • Silver Sagebrush – Artemesia Cana ($2.25 or 10 for 10)
    • Big Sagebrush – Artemesia Nova
    • Black Sagebrush – Artemesia Nova ($3 or 8 for 10)
    • Mountain Sagebrush – Artemesia Tridentata Vaseyana 24-32″ tall.  ($2.25 or $8 for 10)
    • Dwarf Sagebrush – Artemesia Arbuscula 16″ tall.  Difficult Germination ($3)
    • White Sagebrush – Artemesia Lercheana – salt tolerant as well
    • ♦ Wyoming Sagebrush – Artemesia Tridentata Wyomingensis – 1-3′ tall.  “good for xeriscaping”.  ($2.25 or 8 for 10)
    • Yomogi – Artemesia Princeps –
    • Ukrainian Wormwood – Artemesia hololeuca- (sold out)
    • Redfoot Wormwood – Artemesia rubripes- tall, easy to grow($3.75)
    • ♦ Prairie Wormwood  – Artemesia ludoviciana 1-3′ tall.  dense silver green patches. (2.25)
    • Hakusan Wormwood – Artemesia lagocephala – changes color.  pretty foliage (sold out)
    • Fringed Wormwood – Artemesia frigida – very decorative ($3)
    • ♦ Black Wormwood – Artemesia genipi – mat forming ($2.25)
    • Beach Wormwood – Artemesia stelleriana – silver clumps (sold out)
    • Alpine Wormwood – Artemesia alpina – silver ground cover (sold out)
    • ♦ Wormwood – Artemesia absinthium – (2.25 or 11 for 10)
    • Sourthernwood – Artemesia abrotanum (sold out)
  • Salvias
  • Semper Vivum –
  • Roseroot – Rhodiola rosea – Cold Hardy.  Possible substitute for aloe.  Adaptogenic properties – $7 to try
  • Ma Huang
    • Green Ephedra – ($3 or $28)
    • American Ephedra – ($3 or $25)
    • Official – ($5 or $11)
    • Mu Zei – 3′ tall, red berries, medicinal, ($7 or 24)
    • ♦ Zhong Ma – Greyish, 30″ tall, lower saponins ($7 or 24)
  • Dusty Miller
  • Sea Holly drought and salt tolerant spiny food plant.  ($3 or 18 for 10)

A list of plants that are available:

  • American Ephedra ($4.25 or 12 for 30)
  • citrus southernwood
  • camphor southernwood
  • southernwood ($65)
  • african snowbush (100)
  • silver sagebrush
  • santolina (65)
  • wormwood (55)
  • beach wormwood
  • fringed wormwood
  • gold mound wormwood (6.25)
  • powis castle wormwood
  • silver king wormwood (ludoviciana) (100)
  • silver mound (65)
  • silver queen wormwood (75)
  • tree wormwood
  • edelweiss

Also interested in drought tolerant grasses, but haven’t found any sources or information yet.  Focusing on this part for now.  Millions of plants should at least pay off student loans.

Other things we need:

  • Nursery list
  • Grower’s list
  • Landscaper list

50,000,000,000 reasons to eat cheese

Please allow me to list the assumptions that were used in the making of this title:

  • we are people
  • cheese is delicious
  • sunlight is an inexhaustible resource

As you may know, people have an incredible capacity for intelligent thought.  We also have the ability to experience entropy.  Anyone who has pushed their brain beyond it’s normal limits has experienced what may be described as ‘thought soup’.  If you are particularly skilled at pushing your brain, you may even be able to induce actual pain inside your head.


One unique thing about the human brain is that it can accomplish anything that it is required to do.  If you tell a group of people that they need to figure out how to harness the energy of the hydrogen atom in a way that is environmentally safe, sustainable and cheap, then eventually it will happen.  In the mean time, population growth rates in the world are reaching those points where theoretical expansion rates are being bounded by environmental limiting variables.


Moringa Oleifera:

  • is a vigorously growing plant
  • is a cheap source of protein
  • increases milk production in lactating cattle
  • has other benefits

Based on these facts, I estimate that Moringa has the ability to reduce dairy production costs by %30-%50.

I intend to be included in the portion of the world population who continue to be blessed with the enjoyment of cheese.

Gibberellic acid

In working on seed germination, discovered Gibberellic acid, or GA3, which is a naturally occurring growth hormone for plants.  Apparently, this can increase germination of difficult seeds, overcome dormancy periods and also have some varying effects on growing plants.

It can also have some effect on frost damage, which is interesting for me since many of my favorite plants are tropical in nature, but I don’t live in a tropical climate.  It might be possible to keep some of these plants alive without the added expense of a greenhouse, which I can’t afford right now.

It’s amazing how much technology is available to hobbyists right now.

A table of recipes, located at California Rare Fruit Growers shows the proper concentrations of Gibberellic Acid for various purposes:


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