Tough and undemanding, these plants decorate the meadows of their native South- west with cheerful yellow daisies. They're also easy to grow out- side their native range, thriving in most soils as long as they have good drainage. Sow seed in fall; or set out small plants in spring.
B. betonicifolia (B. texana). TEXAS GREENEYES. Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11. Named for the green center of its yellow blossoms. Grows 14 ft. tall; blooms profusely in spring, then again in summer and autumn. Gets by on moderate water but responds well to regular watering and fertilizing. Full sun or dappled shade.
B. lyrata. CHOCOLATE DAISY, CHOCOLATE FLOWER. Zones LS, CS, TS; USDA 8-11. The luscious fragrance of chocolate permeates the morning air wherever this daisy blooms. Rounded, some- what coarse-foliaged plant reaches 13 ft. high and wide. Blooms in spring and summer, sometimes into fall, bearing light yellow daisies with a maroon- and-green center. Native Americans used the flower heads to flavor foods. Butterflies can't resist the blossoms, which dry well for use in winter bouquets. Give moderate water; plant in full sun.