"The Chocolate Flower prefers dry, pitiful soil."
That statement got me sooo excited!
After all, shopping for perennials that enjoy my harsh, garden environment is like braving the Nordstrom's shoe sale when you know, full well, your size 7 foot is the same size as a million other women sporting a Mastercard. (When you do find something that fits, chances are good that it's probably sold out.)
Which is why I was thrilled to find the Chocolate Flower.
It's easily mistaken for a Tickseed Coreopsis, until you brush past it, without thinking, and get a surprising whiff of that pretty chocolate fragrance.
This time of year, my waterwise perennials fidget nervously in the soil. It's report card time.
Did they learn their lessons? How to survive in the land of the inept gardener who sometimes wishes she'd started a horseback riding blog instead? Because it's not like I'll coddle them with the promise of a do-over. No, no. Visions of the compost pile haunt them night and day.
Chocolate Flowers get an A+. Berlandiera lyrata USDA zones 4-8. Save yourself some $$$ and plant this easy bloomer by seed.
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