Size: 9-12ft high with equal spread; fast growth
Leaves: large, pointed, 3-4in long, velvety
Flowers: orange-yellow, 4in in diameter; constantly in bloom
Stems/Trunks: soft, hollow, thick, brittle
Range/Origin: low SW deserts
Hardiness: 32°F; frost tender
- fast grower
- flowers during hottest season
- Exposure: sun; protect from winds
- Water: every week or two for continued bloom
- Soil: best in amended; deep enough for rooting
- Propagation: seeds and clump division
- Maintenance: deadhead blooms regularly; cut back and end of winter and remove any seed heads
Research by Master Gardener Pat Perry
Not attractive in winter even without frost. Remove seed heads for more attractive winter look.
Frost kills new growth and flowers.
Soft hollow stems break easily in wind.
Soft growth and big flowers give effect of giant perennial rather than true shrub.
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