|Halimium x pauanum, sitting alongside Argyranthemum 'Comet Yellow' and Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'|
Some hours after I planted it, I noticed that all the flower petals had dropped. My initial assumption was that this was either the result of transplant shock or a response to the winds that whip through our property almost every afternoon. However, on-line references informed me that this is characteristic of the plant. It sheds its blooms after several hours, only to produce another flush of blooms the following morning. The plant's behavior has proven the truth of this statement. Flowering is projected for the period from May through July. Like almost everything in my garden, the plant is getting a head start on its bloom period.
The foliage is an attractive silvery green.
The genus wasn't even listed in my Sunset Western Garden Book but there were numerous references to the plant on-line. According to a 2007 article published by Pacific Horticulture magazine, it's another kind of rock rose, a cousin to Cistus. The genus originates in the Mediterranean areas of southern Europe and northern Africa. Many of the nurseries with posts on the plant are located in the Pacific Northwest and the plant is said to be well-suited to areas with hot, dry summers and mild winters. I found that Plant Lust features the Halimium with a picture credited to the esteemed host of this meme, Loree of danger garden.
Predictions of the plant's size vary from one source to another. Native Sons, the grower of my plant, projects growth to 3 feet (1 meter) tall and wide. It's said to be cold hardy to 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit (-15C).
This pretty yellow-flowered plant is my contribution to Loree's weekly favorite plant meme. Please visit her at danger garden to see her current favorite and to find links to the selections of other participating gardeners.