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Dalea capitata: Lemon Dalea

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Form: Shrub.
Lifespan: Perennial.
Leaf retention: Deciduous in hard freezes.
Growth rate: Slow to moderate.
Mature Size: 1' high and 3' wide.
Flowers: Yellow, clustered at end of short stalks.
Bloom: Spring and fall.
Fruit: Seed.
Leaves: Tiny, oval leaflets which off a lemon fragrance when crushed.
Stems: Very thin, no thorns.
Roots: Nitrogen fixing.*
Wildlife: Attracts small butterflies such as Reakirt's Blue and small pollinating insects. Rabbits dislike this plant, which to them is foul-tasting.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Mexico.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 7-11.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full to reflected sun. Tolerates some part shade.
Water after becoming established: Once a month.
Soil: Very well drained, dry, low in organic content, pH 6.6-8.5 (neutral to alkaline). *Do not use a nitrogen fertilizer.
Mulch: No.
First Year Care: Water daily in small amounts until established. Do not overwater.
Planting: Does well in small, hot areas where there is no competition.
Prune: Cut back in early spring to invigorate. Remove dead stems.
Litter: Thin dead stems after freezes.
Propagation: Seed, cuttings. Appears to reseed.
Uses: Ornamental groundcover.

Attractive appearance. Does not withstand foot traffic. Does not out-compete other plants and may need occasional weeding.

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Dalea capitata: Lemon Dalea