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Showy Menodora
Menodora longiflora


Dry, rocky hillsides, usually limestone but also igneous, canyons and ledges along streams in the Edwards Plateau and Trans-Pecos, Southeastern New Mexico and Mexico from 1100 to 6600 feet provide habitat for showy menodora. It is a rather common western subshrub, nearly herbaceous and very erect, with a woody base, bearing linear, dull green leaves and numerous large, showy, tubular pale yellow flowers with five flaring open petals. In a garden setting it may go to seed all at once, and would benefit from being cut back several times during the growing season to promote additional bloom and a more compact plant. In the Dallas area showy menodora dies to the ground in winter and re-grows from the roots in early summer.

Plant Habit or Use: perennial
small shrub

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: yellow

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: two-celled, two-seeded capsule

Height: 6 to 18 inches

Width: 6 to 18 inches

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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