a skeleton with a golden eye
4' x 4'
moderate water (terrace zone)
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.