Plant Type
Sunlight Amount
Damianita Chrysactinia mexicana
Damianita Chrysactinia mexicana

A  Texas native as pretty as it is tough, damianita is often grown where other flowering perennials can't survive. This small evergreen shrub, which bears sunny yellow blossoms from April through September, also bears needlelike leaves and a pleasing round shape. Plant three to five damianita together for a striking show of color. Employ it on slopes as a method of erosion control. Plant it near walls, driveways, and other areas where reflective heat is intense. Damianita will bloom through it all. 

genus name
  • Chrysactinia mexicana
  • Sun
plant type
  • 1 to 3 feet
  • To 2 feet wide
foliage color
season features
problem solvers
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10

Planting Partners for Damianita

Damianita's low, rounded shape; daisylike flowers; and evergreen needles contrast nicely with spiky, upright desert plants. Partner damianita (in groups of three for the best color impact) with desert plants like century plant (Agave americana), prickly pear cactus (Opuntia humifusa), and feathergrass (Nassella tenuissima) in an island bed or full-sun foundation planting.

Growing Damianita

Damianita grows best in full sun and poor-quality well-drained soil. Rich soil causes it to become leggy and bear fewer flowers. Shade causes similar poor results.

This drought-resistant desert native needs little maintenance, but you may need to water it once a week in warm weather and every few weeks during winter. Cut back dead wood in spring and lightly shear the shrub after flowering to promote reblooming.

Where to Buy Damianita

Damianita is commonly found in garden centers in the Southwest—its native range—or online. Experts at local wildflower preserves or your local Extension Service might also be able to help locate it.

Plant Damianita With:

'Joe Hoak' agave

Among the most architectural plants, agaves feature bold succulent leaves that set the tone for wherever they're planted. They're incredibly heat- and drought-tolerant and most are long-lived. Many varieties bear sharp spines along leave margins and at the leaf tip, which adds to their dramatic presentation. The bluish-green rosettes naturally spread by producing offsets at the base of the plant. It is an excellent choice for sunny, hot, dry areas, especially desert regions, with good drainage.


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