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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

Perennials, Shrubs

Native to Texas and Mexico.Compact, rounded plant to 2–3 ft. high and wide; puts on agood show of bright orange-yellowdaisies from late spring intoautumn. Rough-textured, somewhatsticky dark green leavesare oval to lance-shaped. Incold winters, plant can loseleaves or even die to the ground,but it recovers quickly in spring.In light shade, it blooms lessand sprawls more, making anattractive groundcover. Givewell-drained soil. Some botanistshave recently changed thename of this plant to Wedeliahispida.

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