Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Copper Canyon Daisies (Tagetes lemmonii)

A few nights ago we had a freeze warning.  Today, temps in the 80's.  Texas Hill Country weather...
My Copper Canyon Daisies (Tagetes lemmonii) don't care.

Native to Mexico and Arizona, the plants can take drought and alkaline soil too--even my thin-clay-over limestone. 

More good news, these tough, aster-family perennials grow well in zones 8a-11, with full sun and good drainage.  Over time, the plants sprawl, reportedly up to 6 feet high, but mine have never gone beyond 3-4 feet tall and wide.  Some winters they die back to the ground, and we prune back.  In mild winters my bushes have been evergreenish and I give a modest spring prune.

The dark green, ferny foliage smells like citrus or licorice or mint, depending on who's doing the smelling.  Deer don't like any of those smells, so the grazers take a pass.

Copper Canyon Daisies light up my wild space October - November when other flowers are spent, laying a banquet for  butterflies and bees.  And I love looking out to a thousand flowery suns.

Hope the views out your front windows are happy this Thanksgiving week. 

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