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Chrysactinia mexicana (Damianita)
Chrysactinia mexicana - Damianita from Mortellaros


Chrysactinia mexicana

Chrysactinia mexicana, also known as Damianita or False Damiana, is a charming and resilient perennial shrub native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. With its small, evergreen leaves and abundant clusters of daisy-like golden-yellow flowers, it brings a burst of color and cheer to arid landscapes. Its compact growth habit, reaching no more than 2 feet in height and spread, makes it well-suited for borders, rock gardens, and containers, adding a touch of brightness to even the smallest spaces.

This drought-tolerant and heat-loving plant thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, making it an ideal choice for xeriscaping projects or water-wise gardens. Its aromatic foliage releases a pleasant fragrance when brushed against, further enhancing its appeal in the landscape. Additionally, Chrysactinia mexicana attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies, contributing to the biodiversity of the garden ecosystem. The fragrance also deters deer from consuming it.

Low-maintenance and resilient, Damianita requires little care once established, thriving in hot, dry conditions without the need for frequent watering or fertilization. Pruning after flowering helps maintain its compact shape and encourages continued blooming.

Very drought tolerant
Spring to summer blooming
Easily overwatered

Flower Color:




12-24 in



12-24 in

USDA Hardiness Zone 8a

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Item Description
DAM-MEX-01 #001 DAMIANITA (MEXICAN) View Current Crop Photo

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun
Water Needs