Form: A mound forming subshrub with herbaceous stems on a woody base.
Leaf retention: Evergreen.
Growth rate: Moderate.
Mature Size: 1' high and 2' wide.
Flowers: 8-10 broad white rays notched at the tip, a small yellow central disk with
a honey-like fragrance, 1"-1.5" wide.
Bloom: Spring through fall.
Fruit: A seed, found at the base of each ray, not within the center disk.
Leaves: Green, narrowly linear to lance-shaped.
Stems: Green, many-branched, no thorns, becoming woody at the base with age.
Roots: Long taproot.
Wildlife: Attracts insects and, on occasion, butterflies. Birds may be attracted to the seeds.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Arizona, Colorado, Kansas through Texas and Mexico.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 5-10. This plant dies to the ground in hard freezes.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Yes.
Sun: Full sun.
Water once established: Once a month. Overwatering may reduce lifespan.
Soil: Well drained, dry, low organic content, pH 6.1-7.5 (slightly acidic to neutral).
Fertilizing and extra water may increase blooms but shorten lifespan. It does best in sandy and rocky dry soil.
This long blooming plant is a member of the Acanthus family (Acanthaceae). Another common name is Plains
Blackfoot. The butterfly is a Painted Lady.
Do you have additional information or a different
experience for this plant that you would like to share?
Email email@example.com. All contributions
are welcome and appreciated.
copyright © GardenOracle.com
Latest update: February, 2019.