I first saw this plant when it volunteered in the middle of a pathway at a client’s house this year. I loved it so much, I left it there. As the year has progressed, it has slowly grown to about 2 feet in diameter.
Dalea greggii is so irresistibly cute with its almost feather-like, silver, fuzzy leaflets and small lavender-to-purple flowers. It really makes you stop and take a good, close look to enjoy the delicate beauty it offers.
Generally, you’ll find dalea greggii in the southern Trans-Pecos region of Texas and all the way to Arizona because they love the limestone soils. They will do well in other soil types as long as you have good drainage.
To establish dalea greggiis, water every two weeks during the growing season for the first two to three years. After they’re established, water no more than once a month in winter, and twice a month at the most during dry summers.
When planning where to plant your dalea greggiis try to place them in a desert style or xeriscaped landscape.
At first frost, they will die back to the main stem, so cut them back in winter to create room for the new growth in spring. They will survive weather into the teens but are known to be damaged by such low temperatures.
Daleas are nitrogen-fixing plants and don’t like fertilizer. Please don’t fertilize them because it will only feed the weeds that are challenging them for sunlight and water.
Delea greggiis work well on slopes for erosion control because they sprout roots from the nodes of long stems wherever they come in contact with soil creating a small colony.
The flowers, which are about 1/4 inch in size, occur heavily in spring and summer and return intermittently throughout the year.
- Sun to part-shade
- 4 – 36 inches tall & 2 – 6 foot spread
- Deer resistant
- Tap rooted