On May 22, 2010, Darkman from Pensacola, FL wrote:
I live in Pensacola, FL (8b/9a )and acquired this plant in the spring of 2009 in a one gallon pot. I planted it in decent soil that had a fair amount of organic matter in it. It was mulched with three inches of Pine bark mulch and was watered regular like you would for any new planting. It eventually grew to about four foot tall and bloomed profusly all summer. Then came the winter of 09/10 and we set all kinds of records for freezing temperatures. The low at my house was 19.3F which defoiliated it and I thought killed it. We also had two weeks of sub freezing temps with many days barely getting above freezing. I left the plant and much to my surprise it began to put on new leaves from the lower part of the woody stems. It also started sending up new sprouts from the base of the plant. It is now about two foot tall and looks very healthy. Highly recommended to bring a tropical look.
I assume I have the same plant. It is called Thryallis glauca. I live in zone7B but on the lake so I can usually grow 8As if I'm careful. The plant got real straggly in late fall so I cut it back to the ground and put a bale of pine straw on it. We had 8 degree weather this winter so I knew this plant was a goner. I dug it up about a month ago and put in a pot just to see and last week it started strouting leaves. I'm so excited. This shouldn't be happening in thsi area! I love this plant.
On Jul 19, 2009, flaflwrgrl from North Central , FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
HARDY! In one word. Great for xeri yards. Takes full sun, sandy soil & little water & still performs like a champ! If planted in partial shade it can tend to get leggy & will require pruning more often. Self sows. Here it is a 365 day bloomer.
On Mar 24, 2005, saltcedar from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant isn't nearly as delicate as others make it sound. It tolerates alkaline clay, freezing for days at a time and lows to at least 18f (-8c). Has no insect or disease problems, grows quickly but stays full in sun to half-day shade. It's only real fault is brittleness.
On Aug 12, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
It should be mentioned that this is a very brittle plant. If planted alongside a walkway, it may be broken if bumped into. That doesn't change my positive opinion, because you just need to be aware of this when you place it in the landscape.
On Aug 20, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
San Antonio, TX
At garden centers, Thryallis glauca is sometimes labelled Yellow Plumbago (does not resemble a plumbago at all!) or Lluvia de Oro. This evergreen tropical shrub (native to the tropical regions pf Mexico to Guatemala) is a non-stop bloomer that provides bright splashes of color all through the year. A fast grower, it has bright green oblong leaves that are about 1to 2 inches long, They take on bronze tones during cooler periods. The beautiful bright yellow blossoms appear in late summer to fall. Some flowers can be expected at all times during warm temperatures. The almost glowing yellow flowers are about 3/4 inch in diameter and are held in clusters at the stem tips. Three part seed capsules emerge after the flowers fade.
It prefers full sun (becoming leggy in partial shade with the flowering being minimal), well drained soil and moderate water. Thryallis can take some frost and freezing, but may be killed to the ground by temperatures less than 30 F. It self-seeds (alot) and cuttings may be taken in the summer. A superior background plant for perennial beds, it is low-maintenance, easy to grow, drought resistant, is not attacked by insects (at least not in the last year) and blooms almost all year around. In addition, it provides cool weather interest when the foliage turns color. Its shape is easily controlled by pruning in the spring. One of the best purchases I have made in 30 years!
Note (1/17/07): Several large trunks broke after the plant was covered in ice after a sleet/freezing rain storm that lasted for quite some time and is very unusual for my geographic area.
Note: (12/2/08) This plant has withstood temperatures in the upper to middle 20s (not of long duration) with little or no freeze damage except for blooms.
On Apr 2, 2001, ladygreenthumbs from Fredericksburg, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
A tropical plant that should be protected from freezing weather. Flowers appear on the new wood, so prune back in the early spring; enjoys a dose of fertilizer regularly. Flowers prolific yellow clusters on stalks - blooms all summer. Fast grower, and great summer flowerer.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Orange Beach, Alabama Spanish Fort, Alabama Scottsdale, Arizona Palm Springs, California Bartow, Florida Big Pine Key, Florida Boca Raton, Florida Brent, Florida Coral Terrace, Florida Delray Beach, Florida Hobe Sound, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Lakewood Park, Florida Melbourne, Florida Melrose Park, Florida North Port, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Pompano Beach, Florida Sebring, Florida Summerfield, Florida Tampa, Florida The Villages, Florida Vero Beach, Florida Rincon, Georgia Old Jefferson, Louisiana Zachary, Louisiana Camuy, Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico Ladys Island, South Carolina Okatie, South Carolina Tega Cay, South Carolina Anderson Mill, Texas Aransas Pass, Texas Austin, Texas Cedar Park, Texas Conroe, Texas Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas Georgetown, Texas Liberty Hill, Texas San Antonio, Texas Schertz, Texas Serenada, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Norfolk, Virginia