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Eric in Orlando

Montanoa grandiflora- Daisy Tree

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Eric in Orlando

Montanoa grandiflora (Asteraceae) is flowering now. It has large clusters of sweetly fragrant daisy-like flowers. It is a fast grower, this was planted in spring 2007, a rooted cutting about a foot tall. It is now about 15ft tall and 10 ft wide. It didn't flower last winter, this is the first time. The leaves are also hige, over a foot long. This is native to southern Mexico and El Salvador.

I previously posted photos of what we thought was M. grandiflora. It has double flowers but turns out this is M. bipinnatifida. It is just getting ready to flower.

Montanoa grandiflora

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Eric in Orlando

This is Montanoa bipinnatifida, Pom Pom Bush, from southern Mexico

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Eric in Orlando

And this is Montanoa atriplicifolia, Daisy Bush. It grows as a sprawling shrub or clambering vine. This is it growing by itself. It can get a little vigorous as the the branches root at the ground level and spread out. We have since moved it to the vine fence and it has been better behaved. This one is native from southern Mexico to Nicaraugua.

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fastfeat

Eric--

Glad to see M. grandiflora grows in FL. It was one of my favorite big shrubs in SoCal, but I "lost" it along the way. Might have to trade you something for a cutting...

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Wai`anae Steve

There is a stand of these growing wild in upper Wai`anae Valley miles and miles from civilization.

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Gan Eden

Do you grow it in part shade?

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fastfeat

There is a stand of these growing wild in upper Wai`anae Valley miles and miles from civilization.

I just had this plant come up on another site, needing ID in India. It seems likely that the Indian plant (an escapee on a canal) and this in Hawaii are likely to be M. hibiscifolia rather than M./ grandiflora. From what I've been finding, M. hibiscifolia appears to be a noxious weed, especially near water. It should probably not be planted in Florida for this reason. I've only seen it once in CA (at Fullerton Arboretum), but it struggled to survive in cold, wet clay soil there.

http://www.hear.org/starr/plants/images/species/?q=montanoa+hibiscifolia

http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/tax_search.pl?Montanoa%20hibiscifolia

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gyuseppe

very nice, never heard of this species

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