Chrysactinia mexicana

Botanical Name: Chrysactinia mexicana
Family :Asteraceae – Aster family
Genus :Chrysactinia A. Gray – chrysactinia
Species:Chrysactinia mexicana A. Gray – damianita
Kingdom :Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom; TracheobiontaVascular plants
Superdivision ;Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class :Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass ;Asteridae
Order; Asterales

Common Name :Damianita

Habitat : Native to western Texas and Mexico

Description;
Chrysactinia mexicana is a Perennial shrubby evergreen  flowering  plant with a low mounding growth habit with leaves that are needle-like and very aromatic making it deer and rabbit resistant.  Chrysactinia mexicana will be covered in 1” yellow daisy type flowers year round, and will only reach 1-2’ tall with a 2’ spread making it a good border plant for dry locations. Hardiness: USDA Zones 8-10

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The bright green, needlelike leaves create a nice contrast to the flowers that bloom. This plant has a long bloom period, but flowers are most profuse in the spring and fall. The bright green, finely textured foliage is fragrant. Golden yellow, daisylike flowers are small — about half an inch across. An ideal ground cover plant for Tucson and Southern Arizona, Damianita is tolerant of heat, drought and cold.

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Cultivation:
Damianita takes reflective heat and light well and makes a wonderful plant for wall plantings.  Like most native plants it will need to be planted in a well drained area.It needs to be pruned lightly because it could die when pruned to close.

Damianita requires very little water, once it is established. This highly adaptable ground cover plant is both drought-tolerant and cold hardy. Damianita does best in full sun and in soil with good drainage. Group individual plants together to form a continuous ground cover.

Medicinal Uses:The flower is used for fever, rheumatism, and as a diuretic, sudorific, antispasmodic, and aphrodisiac

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=chme3
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_DE.htm
http://www.magnoliagardensnursery.com/productdescrip/Chrysactinia_Damianita.html
http://www.horticultureunlimited.com/landscape-plants/damianita.html

http://www.delange.org/Damianita/Damianita.htm

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