Damianita, also known botanically as Chrysactinia mexicana, is from the Aster family of plants. It is native to the United States and is a perennial shrub that is more used as a flower than as a shrub.
Growing one to two feet high and two feet wide in a bushy form, this is an aromatic evergreen. It has dark green leaves. This very leafy plant has its stems in a mounded form. The flowers are composite, yellow, and solitary. They form on the branch tips. Blooming season is between April and September. Fruits are small and covered with very tiny bristles.
Grow a damianita in full sun with a dry soil. It is very drought tolerant and cold tolerant. It does fine in clay, loam, sandy, limestone, and caliche soils. Propagate by softwood cuttings in the summertime or by seed in the spring. It is a slow growing plant.
You can find this throughout New Mexico and Texas. It is typically found in limestone outcrops and in the desert plains area.
Kingdom Plantae- Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta- Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta- Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta- Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida- Dicotyledons
Family Asteraceae- Aster family
Genus Chrysactinia A. Gray- chrysactinia
Species Chrysactinia mexicana A. Gray- damianita
This does well whenever you need a drought hardy and fragrant plant. When planted en masse it has a nice yellow carpet of blooms, creating a taller ground cover for slopes and hillsides. It can be used as a border plant. When pruned, it can create different shapes. It provides nesting and cover for small wildlife as well as nectar for insects. It is very deer resistant.
Deadhead the plants and remove the woody stems that are underneath the plants to create a more compact shape.