Pectis angustifolia Torr.
Limoncillo, Lemonscent, Crownseed Pectis, Lemon-scented Pectis, Lemonscent Pectis, Lemonweed, Chinchweed, Fetid Marigold
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: PEAN
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Size Notes: Up to about 8 inches tall.
Flower: Flowers 1/2 inch
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Yellow, often tinged reddish abaxially.
DistributionUSA: AZ , CO , KS , NE , NM , OK , TX , UT , 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.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
BibliographyBibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pectis angustifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pectis angustifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pectis angustifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-30
Research By: TWC Staff