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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Pectis angustifolia Torr.
Limoncillo, Lemonscent, Crownseed pectis, Lemon-scented pectis, Lemonscent pectis, Lemonweed, Chinchweed, Fetid marigold
USDA Symbol: pean
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Lemonscent or limoncillo is a low, tidy annual, 5-8 in. tall, with slender, leafy stems. The fleshy, linear leaves are usually lemon-scented. Yellow, 1/2 in. blooms occur in clusters.
Leaves used for flavoring and hot tea. A good low-growing plant for rock gardens or borders.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf:
Flowers 1/2 inch
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, WY Native Distribution:
N. to Wyoming and Nebraska, w. to Arizona and Utah, e. to central Texas, and s. to Veracruz. Concentrated in southwestern deserts, particularly the Chihuahuan Desert Native Habitat:
Sandy, often calcareous, dry uplands
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Sandy or gravelly soil. Caliche type, Gravelly, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam
Conditions Comments: Leaves used for flavoring and hot tea. A good low-growing plant for rock gardens or borders.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Grows in clumps, Aromatic, Low growing, Rock gardens, Border, Mass planting
Use Wildlife: Nectar-Bees, Nectar-Butterflies, Nectar-insects, Seeds-Granivorous birds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Sow seed in sping or fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Sibley Nature Center
- Midland, TX
Record Last Modified: 2010-06-26
Research By: TWC Staff