I stumbled upon this odd looking plant while the hound and I were running at the edge of the woods near a bayou. They usually grow in recently disturbed ground. Someone had kindly mowed a path through the grass and these were about a foot in from the path
Attracts birds who find the seeds tasty. Can be toxic to cattle. Host plant for Goatweed Leafwing
Male flowers near top, female flowers lower down
height 8″-36″, usually tops out about 18″
Prefers lots of sun, dry soil
I’ve seen lots of good press about Knockout Roses, but who pays attention to press releases?
I’ve a front bed that gets full, blazing afternoon sun. I put a few out there and despite general neglect over the summer they did quite well. ( anything that doesn’t die out there I consider a success )
So I bought a whole lot more and lined the front bed. It immediately stopped raining. I’ve been watering them heavily. I’ll start to taper that off this week. They are all alive, the ones in the sunniest locations have dropped some leaves.
More info and photos after I get to know them better.
These are doing well, they were a bit unhappy late summer despite it raining regularly. They do want a good soaking once a week if it hasn’t rained. They are steady growers, not too fast, not too slow.
The roses barely noticed the big freeze. They dropped their leaves, but budded right back up. I waited until I saw new buds before pruning them so it was a late pruning. Typically you’d prune mid Feb
Shrub tree to 15′ tall
full to part sun
tolerates bad soil
flowers white, violet
Low water requirements, drought tolerant
Protect from freezing, will sometimes return from roots in sping — loves heat
Propagate from leaf or soft stem cuttings
Berries toxic to mammals
Native Mexico, South and Central America
Birds love the berries
I just planted this, more info to follow as I see how it does
It thrived through the summer heat, we did get regular rain this past summer. It receives afternoon shade and has done well despite the lack of rain this fall. Most weeks it gets a good soaking. It handled the weeks I missed better than most of the other plants. Growth is steady.