A little water-sipper of a plant, Wedelia texana proves that—even in the middle of a Texas summer—gardeners can have their cake and eat it too! After many spring flowers and gardeners have languished from the heat, this easy-care shrub continues to bloom in an airy bouquet of sweet daisy-like flowers through summer and into fall.
Soil Requirements: Unparticular about soil, zexmenia only requires excellent drainage to thrive. Hold the water to keep it happy!
Where to Plant: For best bloom and to maintain a rounded shrubby habit, plant zexmenia in full sun. True to its central and west Texas roots, the plant can handle reflected heat from a walkway, driveway or brick wall. Zexmenia is also well-adapted to partial shade, where it has a tendency to sprawl, making a pleasant groundcover.
Friendly Neighbors: Long-lived zexmenia adds life to any garden setting! Ample nectar attracts pollinators, including butterflies and honey bees. Like many members of the aster family, zexmenia is a larval host, selected by the bordered patch butterfly for egg laying. Songbirds also dine on the seeds.
Tap into Nature and discover more water-wise tips for your Texas landscape at Woodlands Landscaping Solutions on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon.