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Soft Green Eyes, Berlandiera subacaulis

Soft Green Eyes, Berlandiera subacaulis

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Berlandiera subacaulis, commonly known as Soft Green Eyes or Florida Greeneyes, is a captivating native perennial prized for its cheerful yellow flowers, unique foliage, and adaptability to various growing conditions.

Description:

Berlandiera subacaulis is a charming herbaceous perennial that typically grows to heights of 1 to 2 feet tall with a similar spread. It features low-growing, basal rosettes of soft, lance-shaped leaves that are gray-green in color and have a velvety texture. From late spring to early summer, the plant produces clusters of daisy-like flowers with bright yellow petals surrounding a central disk of dark brown or maroon florets. These flowers are highly attractive to pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and other insects, adding vibrancy to borders, meadows, and naturalized areas.

Growing Conditions:

- Thrives in well-drained soil with moderate fertility.

- Prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade.

- Hardy in USDA zones 8-11, making it well-suited to the mild winters and hot summers of North Florida.

- Drought-tolerant once established but benefits from occasional watering during prolonged dry spells.

Maintenance:

- Deadhead spent flowers regularly to prolong blooming and prevent self-seeding.

- Cut back the plant by one-third in late winter or early spring to promote fresh growth and maintain a tidy appearance.

- Mulch around the base of the plant to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.

- Fertilize lightly in spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to support healthy growth.

Wildlife Attraction:

- The flowers of Berlandiera subacaulis are highly attractive to pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other insects, enhancing biodiversity in the garden.

- Provides a nectar source for beneficial insects and pollinators, contributing to the ecological value of the landscape.

- The dense foliage offers cover and protection for small mammals, birds, and other wildlife, adding to the ecological value of the landscape.

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