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Chrysactinia mexicana: Damianita

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Form: Low shrub.
Leaf retention: Evergreen.
Growth rate: Slow.
Mature Size: 2' high and wide.
Flowers: Fragrant, yellow, 1" daisies cover entire plant.
Bloom: Full bloom in late winter or spring, then sporadically to fall.
Fruit: Very small, 1/8 inch long and with a crown of tiny bristles.
Leaves: Tiny, needle-like, aromatic, dark green. Deer and rabbit resistant.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts bees.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Native to New Mexico, Texas and Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 7-11.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun to avoid fungal infections.
Water once established: Once a month.
Soil: Very well drained, low organic content, pH 6.1-8.5 (slightly acidic to alkaline).
Prune: Shear tips in early spring to encourage new growth. Cutting too low kills plant. Remove lowest woody stems from underneath.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Sow fresh seed as early as possible, especially in fall.
Uses: Ornamental.

A showy, small shrub often used as a flower.

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Chrysactinia mexicana: Damianita - flowers

Chrysactinia mexicana: Damianita - in bloom

Chrysactinia mexicana: Damianita - in summer