Oreja de Raton, Rat’s Ear, Southwest Bernardia
Southwest US and Mexico
- Central Texas
- Full Sun
- Part Sun/Shade
- Very Low
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.
Occasional training, shaping and trimming.
3-8' H, 3-8' W
Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Birds, Butterflies, Butterfly Larvae
April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November