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Tagetes lemmonii, Tagetes, Lemon Marigold, Copper Canyon Daisy

Tagetes lemmonii

Tagetes, Lemon Marigold, Copper Canyon Daisy
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Mexico
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsYellow/orange flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Lemon marigold, Copper Canyon Daisy - usually a small shrub that can be trimmed to a groundcover level, this plant can reach up a few feet if you let it go. It has very aromatic, airy foliage and vibrant yellow daisy-like blooms.

A strong fragrance from the finely divided foliage is released when rubbed or brushed against. Orange-yellow flowers in fall-winter with off bloom in other seasons - flowering is triggered by short day length so overcast weather can extend flowering in spring. Plant in sun or part shade in well-drained soil. Drought tolerant in coastal gardens but looks best with a little irrigation - too much water or too little light produces leggy plants that don't bloom well. One of the best butterfly attractors!

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Tecoma sambucifolia, Trumpet Flower

Tecoma sambucifolia

Trumpet Flower
Family: Bignoniaceae
Origin: Tropical America
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterDry conditionsYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Shrubby tree, known for its many bright, yellow colored flowers borne in large clusters.

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Tecomaria capensis, Tecoma capensis, Cape Honeysuckle

Tecomaria capensis, Tecoma capensis

Cape Honeysuckle
Family: Bignoniaceae
Origin: South Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftVine or creeperFull sunSemi-shadeDry conditionsRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsInvasiveSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeSeaside, salt tolerant plant

This is a fast growing sprawling plant that, if left unpinned, puts out long stems and becomes almost a vine that needs some kind of support. However, it can be trained even into a standard little tree. If kept clipped, it can be used as a low hedge. It has attractive, dark green foliage and frequent displays of long, tubular flowers that may be yellow or bright orange at the ends of the stems. Cape Honeysuckle needs very well-drained soil and prefers full sun, but will bloom in filtered light; flowering is best is slightly cooler climates. Propagation is by means of seeds, cuttings, or branches that root when they lie on the ground.

See Article about Tecomaria.

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Tillandsia xerographica, Xerographica

Tillandsia xerographica

Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Tillandsioideae
Origin: El Salvador, Mexico
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunSemi-shadeEpiphyteDry conditionsRed/crimson/vinous flowers

Beautiful species, very slow growing, but is easy to take care of. It loves sunshine and will take regular watering as long as the water won't stand in rosette, but can stand some drought quite well. This plant grows epiphytically on trees and on rocks in at elevations of 600 to 1,800 feet. Its silvery gray leaves, sometimes almost white, wide at the base and tapering to a point, make an attractive, sculptural rosette, 3 feet or more in diameter and 3 feet high in flower. The inflorescence, on a thick, green stem, from 6 to 15 inches in height, densely branched. The leaf bracts are rosy red; the floral bracts are chartreuse; and the petals of the tubular flowers are red to purple. Xerographica is a slow growing species with very long lasting blooms (months). The plant is currently on the CITES list of endangered species, therefore import/export restrictions apply.

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Titanopsis sp., Titanopsis, Living Stone
Titanopsis calcarea

Titanopsis sp.

Titanopsis, Living Stone
Family: Aizoaceae
Origin: South Africa
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterDry conditionsOrnamental foliageYellow/orange flowers

Titanopsis have short-stemmed succulent rosettes of 6 to 8 interesting leaves covered of white warts.

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.

Like all living rocks, they thrive in porous soils with excellent drainage.

Titanopsis sp., Titanopsis, Living Stone
Titanopsis sp., Titanopsis, Living Stone

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