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Full Sun; Filtered Sun
Plant just a few of these in your garden, and watch them multiply and migrate to create clusters of golden-yellow flowers throughout the landscape. It provides wonderful color nearly all year. Golden Dogbane has fragrant, lacy, bright green leaves. Reseeds profusely, but can be controlled easily if desired. Although individual plants can be short-lived, new seedlings pop up to keep the population going. Plant in full or part sun and well-drained soil. It is native to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and northern Mexico. It is an excellent plant for butterfly gardens.
Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information
The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others!
Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.
Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.