On Oct 24, 2011, LipLock from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
This is another plant that will always have a place in my Central Texas garden. It loves the heat and is covered in flowers from April thru November. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love it. It thrives in the sun but will tolerate part shade too. I've had it in my Zone 8B garden for several years but this past spring is the first time it has ever reseeded. It came up everywhere and I couldn't be happier. I have both the yellow and "white" variety (which is my favorite - it's not really white, rather a buttery color with a dark center). Unlike a previous poster, I was able to transplant several of them this past spring when they were about 2" tall. I just spaded them up and moved them. They survived (and thrived in) this worst drought and hottest summer on record in Texas. They can be difficult to find. I had to drive to Rosenberg to Caldwell's Nursery the past 2 years to get them. I love em!
On Sep 26, 2011, micki33040 from Big Coppitt Key, FL wrote:
This plant is also known as "Yellow Alder" and "Sage Rose." It is tenacious and grows just about anywhere: full sun, shade, dry or moist soil, acidic to alkaline; rich, average, or poor soil; and in the cracks of a sidewalk. It is very drought tolerant.
It does not appear to have many pests, or is not bothered by the ocassional nibble.
It can be grown from seeds and cuttings, but does not transplant well. It does not like having it's feet tickled. The most effective way to transplant is to start it in a peat pot and, if you are going to plant it into the ground, put it in the spot you want it in and leave it alone. I tried to transplant a 2' tall specimen keeping a generous amount of dirt around the root ball, but it went into transplant shock and died anyway.
I have learned it is very comfortable in containers and does not mind becoming root bound. In pots they can be moved around as they grow taller. My oldest Alder plant is about four years old and about 4 1/2 feet high and it has been moved around the garden as the seasons change.
They make beautiful background plants. They can get leggy and may require some staking, so trim the side growth by 1/3 to 1/2 to encourage it to get bushy.
On the down side, most nurseries in Florida do not offer them because they regard them to be weeds and crowd out other plants. I treat mine the same way as mints and ruella (Texas petunia): I pull volunteer plants and keep it contained.
On the up-side, this plant , according to Pub Med.gov, has the potential to treat MRSA.
I hope this information helped fellow gardners decide if they want this "gypsy" in their garden.
On Aug 14, 2011, rntx22 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
Growing mine in a pot. It died back in the winter but slowly came back from the roots. Also self seeded around the garden so I have several now! Just pulled up the ones I don't want. Stays loaded with blooms, bees & butterflies love it.
On Jun 17, 2009, Artistic1 from Dickinson, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
Bought this plant at the Mercer Arboretum Sale in Houston,TX as Yellow Alder. Has been great. I have it in both pots and in beds. Have rooted it in water. Keep clippings which root in opaque vase on my desk at work and they keep blooming. Blooms all year in this climate.
On Jul 23, 2007, Islandshari from Kwajalein Marshall Islands (Zone 11) wrote:
This plant is quite lovely to my DH and I. We had several cuttings, and then noticed that it was popping up everywhere. On our last EarthDay we picked up lots of paperwork - and here was Tunera ulmifolia on the "invasive weed" list with a request not to plant it! Luckily we only plant in containers here, so we have kept it under control...but just wanted to post the warning.
I bought this plant at a local Lowe's hardware store. But, about a year after planting, it moved from it's original place in my garden to replant itself in 2 differnent places in a different flower bed around the corner of my house! I'm sure the birds, or wind, spread the seeds. But, I was pleasingly surprised to find it offering up those marvelous yellow blossoms the next summer. The butterflies definitely enjoy the blossoms. It is easy to prune when necessary and it will readily bush back out with new growth.
On Jun 13, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:
Turnera ulmifolia (Cuban Buttercup) is the official flower of Cienfuegos, Cuba
I brought some from Miami to Hawaii (illegally, I might add) thinking to have a little bit of my home town in a new setting......imagine my surprise when I found this plant growing everywhere on the Big Island.
Grows easily from cuttings. Makes a wonderful filler and if planted near papaya trees, fruit flies will sting the bloom and not the papayas.
On Jun 10, 2004, elcee2 from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:
This plant is easily propagated from stem cuttings. Leafminers are sometimes a problem, taking away from the attractiveness of the foilage. Pinch off damaged leaves, or if serious infestation, cut plant down to woody stems. It will bush back out in no time.
In Hawaii, Turnera ulmifolia is known as "Sundrops". It is a perennial and blooms year round, growng into a four-foot bush. The two-inch wide, bright yellow flowers open in the morning and are closed by noon. It has tiny seeds that sow prolifically. It will often grow out of a crack in the sidewalk after a seed germinates there.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Bartow, Florida Big Coppitt Key, Florida Bithlo, Florida Brandon, Florida Casselberry, Florida Clearwater, Florida Coral Springs, Florida Delray Beach, Florida Destin, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Juno Beach, Florida Mayo, Florida Melbourne Beach, Florida Miami, Florida (3 reports) New Port Richey, Florida Ocoee, Florida Orangetree, Florida Palm Bay, Florida Palm Shores, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Pompano Beach, Florida Port Charlotte, Florida Royal Palm Beach, Florida Saint Cloud, Florida Saint Petersburg, Florida Santa Rosa Beach, Florida Seffner, Florida Spring Hill, Florida Tampa, Florida Town'n'country, Florida West Palm Beach, Florida Williston, Florida Zephyrhills South, Florida Honomu, Hawaii Chackbay, Louisiana Lincoln Park, Michigan Ashville, Ohio Anderson, Texas Austin, Texas Deer Park, Texas Dickinson, Texas Floresville, Texas Galveston, Texas Houston, Texas Noonday, Texas San Antonio, Texas Victoria, Texas