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Chrysactinia mexicana (photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia)
Chrysactinia mexicana (photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia)

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Chrysactinia mexicana

Damianita

Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers

A native of the high Chihuahuan Desert, this heavily branched shrub grows to 2 ft. high and wide, with needlelike, strongly aromatic green leaves. Golden yellow, 1-in. daisies are borne singly at tips of 2–3-in.-long stems over a long period. Bloom peaks in spring and fall, easing off in high summer heat.

Damianita endures extreme heat as well as winter lows to 0°F (–18°C). It also tolerates a wide range of soils but does best with reasonably good drainage. Supplemental water in summer encourages more blooms. Shear annually in early spring; cut back more severely if plant becomes too woody.

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