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Berlandiera lyrata (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Berlandiera lyrata (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Berlandiera lyrata

Chocolate Flower

Annuals, Perennials, Flowers

Native to the northern Chihuahuan Desert, this rounded, somewhat coarse-foliaged plant grows to 1 1/2–3 ft. high and wide. Yellow daisies with maroon-and-green centers appear in spring and summer, sometimes into fall. Blooms smell like chocolate; fragrance is most intense in the morning. Once seed heads form, shear lightly to encourage more blooms. Native Americans used the flower heads to flavor foods; they dry well for winter bouquets. Sow seeds in place at any time. Thrives in clay soil.

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