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Zones 2B, 7-12, 18, 19
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Minimal Water
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Psilostrophe tagetina

Marigold-flowered Psilostrophe

Perennials, Flowers

PSILOSTROPHE

The 1-in. yellow flowers on these short-lived, mounding perennials become papery and tan as they dry in place. They extend the show but eventually give plants a ragged look that is easily corrected with light shearing.

Flowers peak in spring, with repeat bloom coming after summer rains or irrigation (but regular watering reduces bloom, and poor drainage kills the plants).

Psilostrophe tagetina

Native to 4,000–7,000-ft. elevations in the desert mountains of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, and northern Mexico. Grows into a 2-ft. mound. Similar to P. cooperi, but with slightly larger leaves. Self-sows.

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