early last October and has grown there very quietly ever since. It was quite small at that time and is not so very much larger now, but it has grown a little. More noticeably, it has filled in at the base, which was quite scraggly at first. There has been plenty of new growth for the last several weeks, and now, blooms...
I have more yellow daisy plants of various species than I have ever had before. But each one is welcome in its way, this one not the least. The plant is a native of the Chihuahua Desert and, like Tetraneuris aucalis, is very visibly a desert plant with its dry, aromatic foliage, tightly held against the stems. As for yellow daisies... well, many of the local desert natives are yellow daisies, from Damianita to the little annual chinchweed to Viguiera, the goldeneye.
Being native to the high desert, it is distinctly cold-hardy, said to survive winter lows around 0*F (-18*C). Good drainage is recommended; so far it has accepted my soil well, though admittedly, it is in one of the best-draining parts of the garden. It is said to respond well to heavy pruning should it become too woody. Curiously, it receives more shade than I realized when I first positioned it; this has not been a problem so far. Still, I would like to try one in the Dry Corner with its more intense sunlight, but I'm not quite ready to take a cutting off this little plant yet.
The flowers are small, perhaps an inch across, but with so many buds, it should be brightly visible anyway. All in all, it's a very attractive plant with a sense of being still by its nature a wild variety just transplanted into a garden setting. This is not to say it is in any way coarse; far from it - it is a very refined plant and not expected to grow much more than 2 ft (61 cm) tall and wide. Perhaps it is most accurate to simply say that it looks very much at home here in my little bit of nearly raw desert.