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| Larchleaf Goldenweed, Turpentine Bush|
Late in the fall, larchleaf goldenweed is covered with lemon-yellow blooms at the ends of its stiff stems. It forms a compact, spreading mound of dense branches and dark green, needle-like evergreen leaves. In its native Trans-Pecos it grows in canyons and slopes of desertic mountains and grows less than 3 feet tall and up to 5 feet wide, but in good garden soil it will grow more upright. The leaves are covered with a sticky resin and smell like turpentine when crushed, so don't go around crushing them. Larchleaf goldenweed is very heat and drought tolerant, and cold hardy to zone 7b. It would work well in masses as a ground cover in sunny dry areas like median strips, or as an informal hedge or foundation planting. In a garden, water sparingly to keep it small and compact, and shear it for the same reason.
Plant Habit or Use: groundcover
Flower Color: lemon yellow
Blooming Period: fall
Fruit Characteristics: hairy achenes
Height: 2 to 3 feet
Width: 3 to 5 feet
Plant Character: evergreen
Heat Tolerance: very high
Soil Requirements: adaptable