Lazy Daisy, Aphanostephus skirrhobasis, is xeriscapic, deciduous, annual wildflowers. This means that these wildflowers can be used in landscapes that are developed with water conservation in mind and do not live more than one season. This wildflower gets its name because the flowers do not open until almost noon each day.
Blooms and Leaves:
Lazy Daisy is commonly seen in most areas of Texas. It is a white daisy and grows up to 2 feet in height. The flowers are up to 2 inches across and there is only one flower per stem with each flower having anywhere from 20 to 45 ray flowers that are ½ inch in length and narrow. These ray flowers range from white to deep red on the bottom while the center is yellow. Lazy Daisy will bloom almost all year, usually from February through November or December.
The leaves on the Lazy Daisy wildflowers are alternate, meaning they are staggered on the stem of the plant and can get up to 2 ½ inches in length. The leaves on the lower portion of the stems are sharply toothed and the leaves on the upper portion of the stems are smooth. Soft hairs are found on the leaves and stems. Lazy Daisy stems and flowers can get up to 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
Caring for Lazy Daisy wildflowers is not hard. They will grow in just about any type of soil including dry soils such as caliche or sandy. They do well in full or part sunlight, are salt tolerant, can tolerate very high temperatures and require very little water.
Propagation of the Lazy Daisy wildflowers is done by sowing seeds during the early spring or early fall of the year.
Lazy Daisy wildflowers can be used in a xeriscapic landscape design because it tolerates low water conditions and hot temperatures due to it being a native plant of Texas. They are also eaten by cattle and deer. It also attracts butterflies so it would be a good addition to a butterfly garden. When considering what plants to include in your Texas landscape, Lazy Daisy wildflowers might just be the little pop of color you are looking for, especially if you are looking for something that blooms for many months of the year.