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Perennial- Damianita Daisy

Chrysactinia Mexicana shrub
Common Name:    Damianita Daisy

Botanical Name:    Chrysactinia mexicana

Family:    Asteraceae

Description:    Perennial native to  Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico

Full sun or part shade:    Full sun

Water:    Once per month; very drought tolerant

Soil:    Well drained sand, loam, caliche, or limestone.

Habit and form:    Bushy, low-growing, aromatic, evergreen shrub with stems rising in a mounded, bouquet form from woody base. Grows 1-2 feet tall. Leaves are crowded on the twigs

Chrysactinia Mexicana flowers
Flower type:    Solitary flower with 8 narrow rays on slender stem at the end of branches

Flower color & bloom season:    Golden yellow composite flower heads about 1 inch across.  Blooms April through September

Uses, if any, for plant and/or flowers:    Flowers and foliage are fragrant; useful as border or ground cover on hillsides; flowers attract nectar-seeking insects

Pruning time & method:    Prune lightly after bloom periods to shape plant

Maintenance tips:    To keep compact, remove the woody stems underneath and deadhead the tips

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