Hardiness: USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
Bloom Color: Bright Yellow
Bloom Time: Late Winter/Early Spring Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall Late Fall/Early Winter
Foliage: Grown for foliage Evergreen
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
All 10 years we have lived in our house have been drought years so watering grass has simply not been something we've been willing to do though having more than dirt is certainly desirable. This little ground cover started under a mullberry tree in our front yard and has now almost worked its way around our entire yard, front and back. It keeps the yard colorful with its nice green foliage and tiny yellow flowers. No more problem keeping it out of where it's not wanted than would be grass. I love it!
On Aug 27, 2010, dmtom from Deep South, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:
I thought it would be a good ground cover till I found out where all those little burrs were comming from in the winter. They stick to the bottom of your shoes and you track them eveywhere, cars, house, office etc.
On Jan 28, 2009, cedarcrone from Rockport, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
This is a great groundcove for the shade here in 9a; I wish I could buy seeds to sow where it hasn't covered yet. I would like to replace the St. Augustine grass with it; it doesn't need mowing nor watering. Stays green most of the year. So far it's easy to keep out of the flower beds; just pull it out and plant it elsewhere.
On May 30, 2002, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I like this little native Texan. It forms a nice clump of small yellow flowers amid small, green leaves. Tough little plant. If allowed to lean on or "climb" up something, as in the first photo above, it can reach a foot or so tall. Drought tolerant. Could be considered invasive if not kept in check.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Spring Hill, Florida Abilene, Texas Austin, Texas (2 reports) Barton Creek, Texas Belton, Texas Briarcliff, Texas Canyon Lake, Texas Clute, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas Euless, Texas Everman, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Haltom City, Texas Hondo, Texas Huntsville, Texas La Marque, Texas Liberty Hill, Texas Lowry Crossing, Texas Lumberton, Texas Palm Valley, Texas Pecan Grove, Texas Rockport, Texas San Antonio, Texas (2 reports) Scenic Oaks, Texas Serenada, Texas Stagecoach, Texas