Posted on: June 1, 2015

Coachella Valley Water District offers new database of desert-friendly plants

Plant Database

The Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) has added a new searchable database of desert-friendly plants to its website.

The database is ideal for selecting plants that grow successfully in the Coachella Valley. Since up to 80 percent of residential water in the Coachella Valley is used to irrigate landscapes, growing water-conserving plants goes a long way in saving water. More than 330 plants with over 800 photos are shown and described, listed in alphabetical order by their scientific (botanical) name.

The database can be searched by plant type. In addition, a custom search allows you to find plants to fulfill a specific need, such as water use, plant height or width, flower color, bloom season and more.

The database also includes a section outlining the basics of what a plant needs to grow successfully in your yard.

"This is a great tool for anyone looking to replace high water-use plants in their landscaping with more efficient ones," said Heather Engel, director of Communications and Conservation for the district.

The plant database can be accessed from the CVWD website, or by going to

The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties. For more information, please visit

News Release Contacts
Heather Engel,, Ext. 2353
Diane Carmony,, Ext. 2315

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