Interesting Plant: Sunrose (Helianthemum nummularium)

Interesting Plant: Sunrose (Helianthemum nummularium)

I discovered Sunrose through this post on Houzz.com (Great Design Plant: Sunrose Dazzles on Dry Slopes). Since I live here in sunny (and currently, drought plagued) Southern California, anything that can stand up to our hot and dry summer is great appreciated. I think this might fit in the bed that lines the street in front of the house. It would cover nicely without taking over everything like the current lantana tends to do.

Landscape by Arcata Landscape Architects & Designers Genevieve Schmidt

From Europe and Asia Minor. A number of forms of this species are commonly sold under this name, as well as hybrids between it and other species. Plant grows 3 to 8 in. tall. Leaves are 1/2–1 in. long; they may be gray on both surfaces, or glossy green above and fuzzy gray beneath. Midspring to early summer display of 1-in.-wide, single or double flowers in bright or pastel colors–flame red, apricot, orange, yellow, pink, rose, peach, salmon, or white. Each blossom lasts only a day, but new buds continue to open. Shear plants back after flowering to neaten appearance and encourage repeat bloom.Sunset.com

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Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas

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