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Berlandiera lyrata (Chocolate Daisy)

Chocolate Daisy, Chocolate Flower, Lyreleaf Greeneyes, Green-eyed Lyre Leaf

Berlandiera lyrata,Chocolate Daisy, Chocolate Flower, Lyreleaf Greeneyes, Green-eyed Lyre Leaf, Fragrant Flowers, Yellow Flowers
Berlandiera lyrata,Chocolate Daisy, Chocolate Flower, Lyreleaf Greeneyes, Green-eyed Lyre Leaf, Fragrant Flowers, Yellow Flowers

Smelling like chocolate, Berlandiera lyrata (Chocolate Daisy) is a showy perennial wildflower boasting daisy-like flower heads, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with yellow rays surrounding a dramatic maroon central disk and green cup-like bracts. Blooming over an incredibly long season extending from late spring to fall (year-round in warm weather), the flowers provide continuous color in the garden and fill the air with their wonderful scent of cocoa. Borne atop leafless stalks, they open in the morning and droop in the heat of the day. Rich in nectar, the flowers attract many pollinators. They give way to cup-like seedheads which are also attractive. The flowers are edible and can be used for seasoning. Chocolate Daisy forms a velvety mound of coarse, gray-green scalloped leaves, each segment resembling a lyre. Native to the Southwestern United States and Mexico, Berlandiera lyrata is easy to grow, tough, heat and drought-tolerant, and requires little care. A desirable little plant to be used in rock gardens, borders, or along walkways where its chocolate scent can be enjoyed.

  • Grows up to 1-2 ft. tall and wide (30-60 cm). Reseeds in optimum growing conditions.
  • Thrives in full sun in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Prefers sandy soils and tolerates light shade. In rich soil with extra water, the plant will produce more flowers but may flop over.
  • Easy-care plant with no serious pest or disease issues. Susceptible to root rot in poorly drained soils.
  • The Chocolate daisy is primarily grown as an ornamental plant in gardens, flower beds, and borders for its fragrant, colorful flowers and drought tolerance. Its nectar-rich blooms attract pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, making it a valuable addition to wildlife-friendly gardens.
  • A wonderful addition to the garden, this enthusiastic bloomer is well suited to beds and borders, rock gardens, prairies, and meadows.
  • Deadhead to promote more blooms.
  • Easy to grow from seed. Seeds germinate well outdoors from spring through fall.
  • Native to Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 10
Climate Zones 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Common names Chocolate Flower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Recommended Companion Plants

Gaillardia pulchella (Indian Blanket)
Tetraneuris scaposa (Four-Nerve Daisy)
Melampodium leucanthum (Blackfoot Daisy)
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 10
Climate Zones 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Common names Chocolate Flower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
How Many Plants
Do I Need?

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