a skeleton with a golden eye

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skeleton-leaf goldeneye
viguiera stenoloba
asteraceae

  • 4' x 4'

  • perennial shrub

  • moderate water (terrace zone)

  • FULL SUN

  • HARDY TO ABOUT -10º F

  • yellow flowers in summer

  • nectar plant for butterflies and insects, seeds for birds, and LARVAL FOOD PLANT for butterflies and moths

For years, many nurseries have sold this daisy-flowered shrub called Euryops daisy (Euryops pectinatus). This plant is terrible for Tucson. The summers turn the plant's leaves brown and they never really live that long. Might I suggest a replacement that is more appreciated by wildlife in Arizona, skeleton-leaf goldeneye (Viguiera stenoloba). 

This plant is far tougher. Evergreen, the plant will spread to about 4 feet wide and grows about as tall. It takes moderate to low water and wants good drainage and full sun. Skeleton-leaf goldeneye can take temperatures as low as -10ºF and takes well to some pruning.

Butterflies and other nectar-dependent insects visit this plant, and the seeds are appreciated by some seed-eating bird species. This is a larval food plant for several species of butterflies and moths. 

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Katherine Gierlach