Myrtle Croton

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Myrtle Croton

Bernardia myricifolia
Oreja de Raton, Rat’s Ear, Southwest Bernardia
3

8 feet
3

8 feet
Southwest US and Mexico
green-horizontal-divider
  • Central Texas
  • Texas
  • Full Sun
  • Part Sun/Shade
  • Very Low
  • Evergreen
  • Birds

About This Plant

Sun or shade. Semievergreen, with soft elliptical dark leaves pale below; the contorted leaves are much larger in shade than in sun and do resemble, as the name suggests, mouse ears. Inconspicuous flowers appear in spring and fall. Bernardia is an excellent selection for unirrigated dry sites and backgrounds where it makes a nice rounded native specimen or informal hedge whether it rains or not. It may shed leaves in extreme cold, but mostly it stays green. Southwestern U.S. and Mexico; a Texas native but typically available only from native plant suppliers.

Maintenance

Occasional training, shaping and trimming.

Features

Plant Type:
Small Shrub
Size:
3-8' H, 3-8' W
Sunlight Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Soil Types:
Sandy, Thin
Wildlife:
Birds, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae
Flower Color:
Yellow
Bloom Time:
April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Freeze Hardy:
Yes
Invasive:
No
Caution:
None
Coupon Eligible:
No

This plant goes well with

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