Pronounciation: A-BOO-tee-lon PAL-mer-eye
Landscape Use: Xeric (dry) landscape settings, foliar and textural accent, xeriscape landscape design themes.
Form & Character: Dense, rounded, irregular, clumsy with a light and festive appearance.
Growth Habit: Evergreen, a mostly herbaceaous perennial shrub to 8 feet tall with less than equal spread. Growth rate and eventual size varies with water availability.
Foliage/texture: Alternate, ovate with dentate (tooth like) leaf margins to 2 inches long, prominent palmate leaf veins, strongly velvet pubescent to tomentose and woolly, glaucous. Young twigs and stems are pubescent also; medium texture.
Flowers & fruits: Axillary flowers, gray green sepals, five yellow-gold colored petals, cup shaped. Fruits are a schizocarp, inconspicuous, pubscent, roundish, capsular, seeds blackened.
Seasonal color: Flowers during entire warm season.
Temperature: Hardy to 20oF. Tolerant of high desert heat.
Light: Full sun required, no shade.
Soil: Tolerant, so long as well drained.
Watering: Infrequent deep irrigations during the growing season only; use water to control growth rate. High water applications results in rank vegetative growth with fewer flowers. No supplemental during winter.
Pruning: Severely head back every few years to control spread.
Propagation: Seed, softwood cuttings
Disease and pests: None
Additional comments: This is a carefree accent plant for xeric gardens. Easy to care for. Thrives with limited supplemental water during Phoenix summers.