creeping oxeye is a butterfly larval hotel

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creeping oxeye
Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida
Asteraceae

  • spreading SHRUB REACHING 3' TALL and wide

  • MODERATE water (terrace zone)

  • FULL SUN TO part SHADE

  • HARDY TO ABOUT MID 0º F

  • LARVAL FOOD PLANT FOR THE bordered patch

  • NECTAR PLANT FOR BUTTERFLIES AND INSECTS

Hailing from Texas, south into Mexico is the creeping oxeye (Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida), a spreading shrub that is hardy, long-lived, long-blooming, non-aggressive, and fantastic as a low, flowering shrub for massing in full to part sun. The more shade it gets, the more leggy it can look--this can be remedied with some pruning though some people don't mind the leggier plants. 

Creeping oxeye will grow to about 3 feet wide and about as tall. The daisy-like flowers appear in May and will keep coming until frost. This plant is hardy to about 0º F but may look scruffy in the winter--a good spring pruning will freshen them up. 

Besides being a great nectar plant for butterflies, bees, and other nectar-loving insects, this plant is a larval host to several species of butterflies including the bordered patch (Chlosyne lacinia). 

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Katherine Gierlach