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Zexmenia hispida (photo courtesy of Tucson Botanical Gardens)
Zexmenia hispida (photo courtesy of Tucson Botanical Gardens)

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Zexmenia hispida

Asteraceae (Compositae)
Perennials, Shrubs

Native to Texas and Mexico. Compact, rounded plant to 2–3 ft. tall and wide; puts on a good show of bright orange-yellow daisies from late spring into autumn. Rough-textured, somewhat sticky dark green leaves are oval to lance-shaped. In cold winters, the plant can lose leaves or even die to the ground, but it recovers quickly in spring. In light shade, it blooms less and sprawls more, making an attractive groundcover. Give well-drained soil. Some botanists have recently changed the name of this plant to Wedelia hispida.

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