creeping oxeye is a butterfly larval hotel
Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida
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).