got notified of an apple, so I'll add some more.
I use in Reno, NV usda zone 6ish, hot, dry, etc.
Amorpha sp., several
in addition to all the great n-fixers
non-n fixin fast carbon pathways
always a fan of native grasses. ones that work well for me are indian ricegrass, needle and thread, western wheatgrass, squirreltail, hoping to transition to basin wildrye.
forbes, shrubs, trees, etc.
Orach, Atriplex hortensis
Siberian elm, Ulmus pumila
Mulberry, Morus alba
Rubber rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus naseousus
Walking Onion, Allium cernuum
comfrey, symphytum sp.
alfalfa, medicago sativa
sweet clover, melilotus alba
yarrow golden, Achillea sp.
yarrow meadow, Achillea millifolium
tumble mustard, Sysimbrium altissimum
kochia, Kochia scoparia
russian thistle, Sasola kali
last couple I use because they're already here, great for harvesting nutrients without added water, i run em through my vermicompost system first whenever possible
I'm also trialing succulents to protect the soil.
hardy ice plant, Delosperma sp.
cactus, Echinocerus sp.
stoneplant, sedum sp.
cold hardy prickly pear, opuntia sp.
Palmers penstemon, penstemon palmerii
would like to try more from HIgh and Dry book by Robert Nold
got tons of useful and edible natives starting in our nursery, plus seedling fruit and nut trees, perennial veggies, herbs, and annuals
might be worth perusing our catalog for some options. http://www.rtpermaculture.org/?page_id=17
that's it for now. back to packing bare roots;)