Form: A subshrub with herbaceous stems that become woody from the bottom up with age.
Leaf retention: Evergreen above 25°F.
Growth rate: Moderate.
Mature Size: 2-3' high and wide.
Flowers: Small, clustered, white flowers.
Bloom: Spring, summer and fall.
Fruit: A tear-shaped seed capsule containing plumed seeds.
Leaves: Green, in the shape of pine needles.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: This plant attracts butterflies. It is a caterpillar food plant for Queen and Monarch
Toxic / Danger: This plant is slightly poisonous and its sap is a skin irritant.
Origin: Native to California through New Mexico and Mexico.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones:
Full sun to afternoon shade (recommended).
Water once established: Deep water
two or three
times a month.
Well drained, pH 6.6-8.5 (neutral to alkaline).
First Year Care:
These plants need daily water to become established after planting.
Ornamental, low water garden, butterfly garden.
This plant is a member of the Dogbane family (Apocynaceae). Queen butterflies are among
many butterfly species attracted to the flowers of this plant.
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