Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Chocolate Flower

Berlandiera lyrata
A perennial, reaching up to 4 x 2 ( rarely over 2 ), that is native to dry grasslands in the western U.S. ( from Colorado to southwest Kansas; south to southeast Arizona to central Texas ).
The scalloped-edged, pinnately-divided leaves, up to 5.5 inches long, are velvety, mid-green.
The fragrant, bright yellow ( centered deep reddish-brown ) flowers, up to 1.5 inches wide, are borne late spring into mid-autumn.
Hardy zones 6b to 10 in full sun on sandy or gravelly, well drained soil. Very tolerant of both heat and drought. Deer resistant.

* photo taken by Clarence A. Rechenthin @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

'Mora County Mix'
An extra hardy cultivar that is hardy north to zone 4.

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