Native, low growing long lived perennial with
medium green, fiddle shaped leaves. The plant starts with a basal
rosette of leaves and grows to 1 foot tall by 2 feet across. Leaves grow
along the stems nearly up to the flowers. Masses of yellow and maroon,
daisy-like flowers will appear in summer and fall and in some cases,
nearly year round.
The center of the
flowers smell like chocolate. After the flowers have
faded, the brown seed heads develop from late summer through
late fall. This species is native from southeastern Arizona east
to Kansas, Arkansas and Texas, and south into northern Mexico.
It occurs in the grasslands from 4000 to 5000 feet in elevation.
Plant in full to part sun in the low desert in
well drained soil. Water deeply but infrequently. Dead head
to prolong flowering. Too much water and fertilizer will make them
leggy. Winter pruning will rejuvenate. Useful for dried
arrangements also. Shade or drought will stop flowering and
flowers will close in afternoons anyway.