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ERICAMERIA laricifolia

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Audrey, Eve and George DeLange

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ERICAMERIA laricifolia

Plant Common Name

Aguirre, Goldenweed, Turpentine Bush

General Description

The bright blooms of this small, drought resistant evergreen shrub from southwestern North America help visually carry desert gardens through fall. Its upright, branching, waist-high stems are furnished with verdant, needle-like foliage. The leaves contain a turpentine-scented resin that discourages herbivores. The lower branches of this dense mounding shrub may become barren with age. Brilliant yellow daisy flowers envelop the plant in fall, providing valuable nectar for bees and butterflies. Flowers are followed by cottony seeds which scatter on the winter winds.

Like many desert species this plant prefers coarse, sandy soils with sharp drainage. A monthly watering in summer may be beneficial. It is an ideal candidate for informal borders, foundation plantings, and low hedges in the Southwest United States, requiring little to no care once established.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    36"-40" / 91.4cm - 101.6cm

  • Width

    36"-40" / 91.4cm - 101.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall

  • Native To

    Southwestern United States, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Olive

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Olive

  • Bark Color

    Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes