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Berlandiera texana

Berlandiera texana
green eyes
Berlandiera texana

Common name green eyes
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-8)
Flowers yellow
Size 18-36"
Light sun
Cultural notes heat and drought tolerant

Dark-centered yellow flowers, not unlike those of coreopsis, over course, somewhat hairy mid-green leaves. Although it is native to Texas, its range is really more the northern plains of Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, and the Ozarks. I hope it doesn't mind the steamier climate of the Texas Gulf Coast. Where it's happy, it will self-seed.

green eyes

In early September, our plant suddenly declined and died back to the ground. I'm not sure if it was the deluge of rain brought by hurricane Harvey or the hot and humid weather that followed, but I thought I had lost yet another plant to Houston's climate oddities. So I was pleased to see, on a stroll through the garden in early November, that it had made a healthy comeback (photo at left). I look forward to seeing its cheerful flowers again next year.

Berlandiera texana
green eyes
The following spring, it returned early and strongly, coming into bloom as April got underway (photo above left). A single volunteer popped up nearby as well. By late April, the plant had charged upwards in somewhat unruly fashion (above right). It doesn't exactly put on a stunning floral display, but I'm glad to have it in the garden.

Berlandiera texana
Cool look just before flowers unfurl, with strappy petals wrapped across the central disk

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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self-seeds modestly in our garden

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