The daisy-like bush, Euryops are # 4 – top Ten Heat Resistant plants our Arizona garden

heat resistant daisy bush

Do you want a flowering plant that can take the hot heat and last through the winter?  Euryops are low maintenance and good on the budget!  I waited over a year before writing about this daisy like plant so I could document what animal critters would eat our Euryops.

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Daisy like bush that is perennial

It is a pleasure to state Euryops are CRITTER proof;  NOT even the Javelina ate our daisy bushes!  Replacing desert plants can become costly; therefore this Euryops cultivar VIRIDIS rates HIGH on our list!

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bushes with yellow daisy flowers, Euryops

Euryops is a genus in the Asteraceae family –  Daisy family.  The Green leaved variety is Euryops pectinatus Viridis.  This robust heat resistant plant is native mostly to rocky sites in southern Africa.

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Euryops are heat tolerant daisy-like plants

They produce cheerful yellow daisy flower heads from fern-like leaves.  Euryops are perennial and a very hardy plant, bush or shrub.

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yellow daisy flower of the Euryops bush

When winter comes to the Arizona desert, our Euryops still look amazing while other desert plants go dormant.  This daisy bush is cold tolerant to 20 degrees F or -7 Celsius.   Plant your daisy shrub in a sunny location that is key!

Yellow is the only flower color, but it’s a bright, sunny yellow bloom that enlivens your garden in the winter. 🙂

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Euryops look attractive next to Brittlebush

Because Euryops are an evergreen, perennial plant they are an ideal choice for flower beds and borders.

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Euryops daisy like plant

Euryops will tolerate being cut back quite hard after flowering or if you want them to develop some height give them a light pruning.

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Euryops daisy like plant

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.

**Euryops Viridis generally keep its deep green color leaves even in the heat of summer, although lower leaves may become brown and need to be removed.  Once the yellow flowers have faded, trim off the dried ones to help encourage the Euryops to produce more blooms!

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yellow flowers of Euryops shrub
  • Water Needs — water regularly; do not OVERWATER
  • Flowers are good for cutting and displaying in vases
  • Perennial and Evergreen
  • Loves to grow in containers and pots

We had 2 healthy Euryops planted in large containers that died over the winter.  The reason was the shade in their location.  Lesson learned:  when planting Euryops pick an area with the most sun!

Euryops bush with yellow daisy flowers
heat resistant daisy shrubs

This jubilant plant tolerates drought well; but doesn’t mind if it gets regular water.  The daisy blooms give personality to cacti in Xeriscape yards.  Euryops are frost tolerant down to USDA zone 8.

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Euryops daisy plant in pots

Even without flowers, the feathery leaves of Euryops give the garden interest and a sense of lushness. The Viridis cultivar has deep green leaves, while the Euryops Munchkin cultivar has gray-green leaves.

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Euryops are critter proof plants

Euryops have it all!  This foolproof plant is  HEAT, DROUGHT and ANIMAL resistant.

If you want to add color to your winter garden, consider Euryops!  This easy on your budget, yellow daisy bush is hardy and flowers through winter while planted in a sunny location.

Propagation:

Euryops stem cuttings root reasonably easy.  Summer is the best time to take cuttings.  You can also allow seed heads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds.

*HONEYSUCKLES made #5 in Top HEAT Resistant Plants

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Author: tjsgarden

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11 thoughts on “The daisy-like bush, Euryops are # 4 – top Ten Heat Resistant plants our Arizona garden”

  1. Hi, I bought a tall tree-like variety this spring and it did very well. I have it planted in a container which was placed on the south side of the house where it received full sun all day. I have a hard time finding plants that survive the summer in that heat and that much sun. The plant has brown leaves and stems but the trunk and larger branches are alive. I have moved the container under the pergola, thinking it needed more sun protection. Can I prune this flower tree back to the branches and trunks? Will that help revive it?

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    1. Kathy we have had similar situations with our Euryops. This year the heat has been different and many hardy plants have had a rough time. We did extensive research and found out the UV index of the sun has been extremely high and some plants have burned leaves. Ok so YES you can prune off the brown and it will bounce back to have another bloom cycle. Ours is doing well right now but it took a couple weeks after a good pruning.

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  2. Hello TJ:

    We planted a Euryops in late 2012 and were delighted with the bright yellow flowers throuout the winter months. We are noticing moderate to severe leaf browning on one of the 3 main stalks of the plant. Can this plant suffer from excessive heat or sunlight under the extreme conditions we experience in the Phoenix area during the Summer? What might be other possible causes?

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    1. Hi Nancy,
      The first week of planting I would water everyday except on rainy days. The roots need to become established. When I water, I let it slowly drizzle and soak the flower bed well. This will encourage a DEEPER root system. Once your Euryops roots are well established, soak them 2-3 times a week depending on Tucson temperatures.
      Regards,

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