Southwest Plant of the Month – Orange zexmenia – Wedelia texana (Zexmenia hispida)

Feb 19, 2022 | Plant of the Month

General Information

Plant Form Flower Plant Size 3′ x 2′
Plant Type Perennial Water Usage Low
Sunlight Sun, Partial Shade Flowers Yellow

Physical Description:  Sub-shrub with coarse foliage forming rounded mound of long-stemmed, yellow sun flower-like blossoms. Blooms steadily from late spring to fall.

Care and Maintenance:  Dies to ground with hard freeze. Sprawls in shade. Deadhead to maintain blooming.

Gardener’s Notes:  Long lived, well behaved Chihuahuan native. Cultivar “Devils River” is commercially available. A hardier, tougher Chihuahuan relative, Jefea brevifolia (Zexmenia brevifolia) or Short-horn Zexmenia, has similar flowers on short stems and makes a low, rather tidy mound of small ovate leaves with a rough sandpaper texture but is not commercially available. The genus name Zexmenia was once misapplied to these plants in error but lingers as a common name.

Plant information from Southwest Yard & Garden Plant Advisor.