Garden Oracle / Drought and Heat Tolerant Gardening / Tucson - Phoenix - Arizona - California

Growing Chrysactinia mexicana:

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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 the entire plant.
Bloom: Full bloom in late winter or spring, then sporadically to fall.
Fruit: Very small seeds, 1/8 inch long, with bristles at one end that allow wind dispersal.
Leaves: Tiny, needle-like, dark green, sweetly aromatic when crushed.
Stems: No thorns.
Wildlife: Attracts bees. Deer and rabbit resistant.
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 is required to avoid fungal infections.
Water once established: Once a month. Do not over-water.
Soil: Very well drained, rocky ground is beneficial, low organic content, pH 6.1-8.5 (slightly acidic to alkaline).
Prune: Shear branch tips in late winter to early spring to encourage new growth. Cutting too low kills the plant. Also remove the lowest woody stems from underneath.
Litter: Low.
Propagation: Sow fresh seed as early as possible.
Uses: Ornamental, xeric garden.

This plant is a member of the Aster family (Asteraceae).

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Chrysactinia mexicana: Damianita - flowers

Chrysactinia mexicana: Damianita - in bloom

Chrysactinia mexicana: Damianita - in summer

Latest update: February, 2019
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