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Borrichia frutescens (Sea Ox-Eye)

Bushy Seaside Tansy, Ox-Eye Daisy, Sea Daisy, Sea Ox-Eye


Borrichia frutescens (Sea Ox-Eye) is a shrub-like, semi-evergreen perennial with ascending branches clad with fleshy, oval, gray-green leaves, 2-4 in. long (5-10 cm), pubescent on both sides. Blooming year-round in warm winter areas, attractive daisy-like flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), adorned with 15-30 yellow rays and a yellow-orange center disc are borne above the foliage. The blossoms are very attractive to a variety of butterflies and other pollinators. They give way to small, inconspicuous, four-sided achenes, which provide food for birds and other small wildlife. Sea Ox-Eye occurs naturally in coastal strands, mangroves, beach dunes, salt marshes and tidal flats. Colony-forming, it spreads by rhizomes and self-seeding. It can be used effectively as a border or foundation plant, in a mixed wildflower garden or as a groundcover.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm).
  • Easily grown in sandy or loamy, moist to very dry, well-drained soils in full sun. This plant is highly drought and salt tolerant and can withstand occasional saltwater flooding.
  • Great as a ground cover, border or foundation plant, flowering hedge, in mass plantings, or butterfly gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagated from seeds or cuttings..
  • Native to the United States and Mexico, where it occurs along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" – 60" (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Maryland, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Southwest, Arizona, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" – 60" (90cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Maryland, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Southwest, Arizona, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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