It’s hard to find a plant that offers so much in a small package for Southwest gardens. That is why angelita daisy (Tetraneuris acaulis) is February’s pick for “You Can Grow That.”
Also known as ‘Four Nerve Daisy, angelita’s bright yellow flowers add a welcome splash of color over a long bloom season. While it looks delicate, it thrives in intense heat and shrugs off frigid winter temperatures in upper elevations and does well in drought-tolerant gardens.
Because of its compact size, it is used to most significant effect when massed together in high-profile areas. Use on the corners of a driveway, along a walkway or courtyard, and planted next to boulders. Angelita flowers best when placed in full sun. Although it can handle filtered sunlight, plant it away from full shade.
Pair with blackfoot daisy (Melampodium leucanthum), globe mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua), and Goodding’s verbena (Glandularia gooddingii) for a cottage garden look. It also looks great next to succulents such as artichoke agave (Agave parryi var. truncata) or ‘Blue Elf’ aloe.
As they grow, angelita daisies produce additional clumps and can self-seed, creating a lovely swath of yellow. The period of flowering is dependent on where it grows. In zones 8 and above, blooms occur in spring, summer and fall, with some flowering in mild winters. For gardens in zones 5 to 7, they die back to the ground and grow back in spring and will flower through the summer. Maintenance is simple with deadheading every month or so to encourage new blooms.
Angelita daisy is deer and rabbit resistant and its ability to thrive in both heat and cold makes is suitable for growing wherever you live in the Southwest. So, add this colorful perennial to your garden wherever you desire long-lasting golden yellow color. You Can Grow That: Angelita Daisy!
Noelle Johnson is a horticulturist, landscape consultant, certified arborist and garden writer. Also known as ‘AZ Plant Lady,’ she’s the author of the popular garden blog, Ramblings From a Desert Garden. Originally from California, Noelle makes her home in the Phoenix area where she helps clients create attractive landscapes that thrive in arid climates. As a writer, she contributes to Heirloom Gardener, Houzz, and Phoenix Home & Garden magazine. She is a noted speaker, an instructor at the Desert Botanical Gardens and appears on local television programs focusing on a variety of gardening subjects. When Noelle isn’t busy helping others garden in the desert, you’ll find her ‘playing’ in her own garden – growing fruits, vegetables, planting flowering shrubs and maybe a cactus or two.