Leaf retention: Evergreen.
Growth rate: Slow.
Mature Size: 3' high and 5' wide.
Flowers: Dense, bright-yellow disks and rays, at ends of stems,
covering entire plant.
Bloom: October to November. Bloom is delayed by high temperatures and reduced in high
Fruit: Tufted, wind bourn seeds similar to those of dandelion.
Leaves: Dense, dark green, very narrow, flat, have brush-like
appearance and turpentine-like smell if crushed. With excess rain
or watering, a slight smelly, oily residue can be imparted to the
touch. In dry conditions, no oily residue is present.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts bees and other insects.
Not browsed by mammals.
Toxic / Danger: Plant is slightly more flammable than most.
Keep 15' away from structures.
Origin: Native to Southwestern United States and Mexico.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 7-10.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to very light afternoon shade. Leggy and unattractive
in part shade.
Water once established: Deep water every month or two during drought.
Soil: Well drained, pH 6.6-7.8 (neutral to slightly alkaline). Best
in neutral soil.
Prune: If looking ragged after five years, cut to ground in winter.
It will grow back in spring, looking well trimmed.
Propagation: Fresh seed.
An attractive, tough, hardy, trouble-free shrub with a spectacular fall show.
The insect with black and white stripes is a diurnal Tiger Moth known as Ctenucha venosa:
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