‘Gold Star’ (tea-COMA stans)
Annual Sun Height 4’ Spread: 3’ Spacing: 3’-4’
HABIT: Showy selection of a bushy native. Blooms all summer with dramatic yellow flowers.
CULTURE: Although technically a shrub, normally treated as a summer annual. Can be a perennial in hardiness zones 9 through 11, especially in an organic program, but and doesn't tolerate winter frost. Esperanza flowers abundantly in summer and early fall. Its yellow, tube-shaped flowers attract both bees and butterflies to the garden.
USES: Large color plant for summer.
PROBLEMS: Not very winter hardy.