Zexmenia, Orange zexmenia, Wedelia, Hairy wedelia, Texas creeping-oxeye
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Marcus, Joseph A.
Texas creeping-oxeye or Wedelia is a small shrub,
from 8 in. to 3 ft. tall, woody at the base and herbaceous
in the leafy parts, ranging from central and west Texas south into Mexico. Woody branches send down roots and gradually increase the plants circumference. Upper stems covered with stiff appressed
hairs and rough to the touch. Rough-hairy, gray-green foliage. Leaves rough on both surfaces, varying in shape from lobed in the basal half on either or both sides to narrow and unlobed, with margins weakly toothed
or untoothed. Flowers minute, in showy heads with yellow to orange rays appearing on petals of a single flower,
on long stems (peduncles) extending vertically above the leaves. Daisy-like flowers which literally cover the plant from summer to frost.
Woody-stemmed and evergreen
in the southern part of its range, this plant dies to the ground farther north. It is long-lived and non-aggressive.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: TX Native Distribution:
Edwards Plateau, Rio Grande plains, Trans-Pecos & n.e. Mex. Native Habitat:
Fields & wood borders, Abundant on Edwards Plateau, Rio Grande Plains, less frequent in the Trans-Pecos and Southeast and North Central Texas. Well-drained sand, loam, clay, caliche, limestone.
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist , Dry Soil Description:
Dry, well-drained soils. Conditions Comments:
Zexmenia is long-lived, drought-tolerant, non-aggressive, and easy to grow. Excess water or shade can make it leggy; cut it back periodically. Woody-stemmed and evergreen
in the southern part of its range, wedelia dies to the ground farther north.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Bordered Patch, Sierran Metalmark, Lacinia Patch butterfly
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for: