Gardening sheet glandularia gooddingii

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  • 1. *Desert mock verbena – Glandularia gooddingii (glan-doo-LAIR-ee-uh good-ding-ee-eye ) Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena Family) Native to: Eastern Mojave Desert, ne Sonoran Desert from CA to UT, NV, NM, AZ & n. Mexico; along sandy washes, canyon floors, ravines or road banks in sandy soils, 2000-6000 ft. Growth characteristics: herbaceous perennial mature height: 1-2 ft. mature width: 1-3 ft. Shrubby perennial/sub-shrub with low, slightly mounded habit. Branches are open, mostly decumbent; often used a perennial groundcover. Foliage is medium green and softly hairy. Leaves are highly variable and may be 3-lobed or merely toothed, somewhat like chrysanthemum. Moderate growth rate, short-lived (3-5 years). Evergreen with a little summer water. Blooms/fruits: Blooms April-June, but may be earlier of later. Flowers are violet or pink-purple, in parts of five. Flowers grouped in dense clusters at the ends of branches (typical for the family). Very showy – looks like a flower garden plant. Gorgeous when massed! Uses in the garden: Commonly used as perennial groundcover or purple accent plant. Good choice with native and non-native flowers with the same requirements. Showy in containers. Good choice for bordering walkways, patios, courtyards, pools. Good choice for hummingbird/butterfly gardens. Sensible substitute for: Non-native verbenas, lantanas. Attracts: Excellent hummingbird and butterfly habitat plant. Requirements: Element Requirement Sun Full sun to part-shade. Soil Well-drained soil a must; any local pH. Water Infrequent to moderate summer water ; Water Zone 2 or 2-3 in well-drained soils. Fertilizer None needed, except light dose if grown in containers. Other None/inorganic mulch. Management: Trim off spent flowers to improve appearance and lengthen bloom season. Remove dead plants. Plants will usually re-seed on bare ground and replace themselves. Propagation: from seed: easy; requires light to germinate by cuttings: probably Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 3, 8, 13, 16 7/30/14 * not native to western Los Angeles County, but a CA native © Project SOUND