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Doll's Head

Lagascea decipiens

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Butterflies, bees
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
1-3' × 1-3'
Flowering Season All Year
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 20-25 °F
Leaf Description Opposite, roughly pyramidal
Fruit Small seeds with rough, hairy bristles
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Elevation Range 3000-4000 ft.
Description This is a subtropical plant, so it is best grown in areas with low risk of extended frost. Doll's head occurs just north of the border in Pima and Santa Cruz counties. Flowers come in dense clusters with yellow petals. Stems are fairly lanky and can sprawl as they get longer. This species works quite well as a massed planting, and should be placed prominently to take advantage of its long bloom season. Butterflies are very attracted to the showy flowers. Doll's head can also be interplanted with kidneywood (Eysenhardtia orthocarpa), Mimosa (Mimosa spp.), and ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)