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Chrysactinia mexicana (Damianita)

Damianita, Hierba de San Nicolas, False Damiana, Mariola, Romerillo, Garanona, San Nicolas, Calanca, Yeyepaxtle


Noted for its drought tolerance and wonderfully aromatic foliage, Chrysactinia mexicana (Damianita) is a showy evergreen shrub forming a low, bushy mound of aromatic, narrow, needle-like, dark green leaves. Blooming profusely in spring and fall, then on and off during the high summer heat, attractive golden yellow daisies, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), cover the plant, forming a vivid, yellow bouquet. Borne singly at the top of slender stems, the flower heads feature 8 narrow rays surrounding a small yellow central disk. Tough, heat, cold and drought tolerant, Damianita creates a brilliant, yellow carpet when massed. An excellent border plant, it is also very useful as a ground cover for erosion control on slopes and terrific in desert or rock gardens.

  • Grows up to 2 ft. tall and wide (60 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun in dry, well-drained soils. Tolerates poor soil. Good soil drainage is critical. Supplemental water in summer promotes more bloom.
  • Excellent choice for beds and borders, prairies and meadows, as a ground cover for hillsides or hot exposed areas.
  • Robust, low maintenance, pest and disease free, Damianita is also drought tolerant and deer resistant.
  • Prune lightly after flowering to shape plant.
  • Sow seed in spring, or take softwood cuttings in summer.
  • Native from New Mexico, Texas.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Climate Zones 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southwest, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 11
Climate Zones 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, Southwest, New Mexico, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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