Sundrops

Calylophus berlandieri

Description

Sundrops is a highly ornamental spreading perennial plant that is well suited for springtime color value in mixed perennial borders, on slopes and combined with other low water needy garden plantings. It commonly grows to 12 inches high and spreads 3-4 ft. across and is characterized by fine textured leaves and a dense habit. Colorful lemon yellow flowers cover this plant for 4-6 weeks during the spring for a bright display.

Sundrops is a short-lived flowering accent plant that benefits from pruning in late winter ahead of the spring growth and flowering. It commonly lasts for 3-4 years before needing to be replaced; it’s bold color contribution to gardens and more than offsets its short lifespan. It grows best in sunny exposures on well-drained soils; too much moisture during the summer can lead to rotting. Young plants can be damaged by frost, but will regrow quickly in spring.

Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Dense
Growth Rate: Short-lived, Fast
Foliage Color: Bright green
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, All day sun
Function: Slopes, Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Borders, Banks, Attracts butterflies, Small spaces
Height: 12 in.
Width: 3 ft. – 4 ft.