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Plant of the Week




COMMON NAMES:  Esperanza, Yellow Bells

BOTANICAL NAMETecoma stans ‘Gold Star’

PRONUNCIATION:  tea-COMA stans

TYPE:  Annual Sun

HEIGHT:  4 feet

SPREAD:  3 feet

SPACING: 3 - 4 feet

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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.

 

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