Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix

Extra Cold Hardy Chocolate Flower

 
 

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Exclusive. Chocolate flower perfumes the garden with its rich scent of chocolate. This native wildflower blooms all summer and thrives in the toughest of garden conditions. Our Mora County, New Mexico form is especially cold hardy. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Native
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. More shipping info Learn More…
Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 25391

Details

12-15" tall x 18-24" wide. Who can resist this fragrant perennial's chocolate scented flowers? Step into the garden on a still morning where Berlandiera has been planted, and you'll marvel at the sweet aroma of chocolate that finds your nose. Our HCG selection of Chocolate Flower was collected at high elevation in Mora County, New Mexico and thrives in bone chilling USDA zone 4 winters. Now, enjoy Chocolate Flower all across the cold areas of the West.
SKU 25391
Common Name Extra Cold Hardy Chocolate Flower
Botanical Name Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 12-15" tall
Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips On Growing Berlandiera (Chocolate Flower)

Growing Berlandiera (Chocolate Flower) - An Old World species used as a small-scale ground cover.

Preferred growing conditions:

  • Plant in most any soil including clay with full sun conditions.
  • Mulch with gravel to encourage re-seeding. Otherwise, mulching is not needed.
  • Keep regularly watered for the first growing season to establish the roots. Infrequent but deep watering thereafter. Too much will cause the plant to get floppy.
  • Fertilize lightly in the fall with Yum Yum Mix/compost blend.

Special comments:

  • Deadhead to prolong blooming. Cut back hard in early to mid-spring to a height of 2 to 3 inches.
  • Plants have a tap root and should not be divided or transplanted once established.

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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3.8

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Pros

  • Attractive (9)
  • Fragrant (8)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Healthy (5)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfection in a Plant!

I bought the first plant 2 years ago to add color and fragrance to my sparsely-planted garden. It did exactly that! Last fall I planted 2 more. They all made it through a...Read complete review

I bought the first plant 2 years ago to add color and fragrance to my sparsely-planted garden. It did exactly that! Last fall I planted 2 more. They all made it through a colder-than-usual winter and are blooming now. They actually do smell like chocolate, especially early in the morning. If there's any downside at all, it's that the bees like these flowers as much as I do. On several occasions, I've been deadheading the blooms and a bee starts buzzing around my head as if to warn me not to pick "their " flowers. Since these plants like to dry out between watering they are a very good beginning to my xeric garden.

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I'm in zone 5. I bought list last fall. It arrived small and weak. Everything else in my garden is growing like a weed, and both of the Berlandiera I bought have not...Read complete review

I'm in zone 5. I bought list last fall. It arrived small and weak. Everything else in my garden is growing like a weed, and both of the Berlandiera I bought have not come up.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Cocoa Scent & Longest Perennial Bloom Time

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from Montrose, Colorado (Western Slope)

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  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy

Cons

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    • Garden

    Comments about High Country Gardens Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix:

    I purchased three, three years ago and now I have at least a dozen. I cut them back in the spring, they start out modest sized, but continue to sprawl and bloom from late spring til first frost. The seed heads are interesting, giving off hundreds of seeds per plant per year, but only a few 'volunteers' nearby. I was able to move the baby plants successfully before their taproot grew deep.
    These plants thrive on the south facing side of my house both in gravel and wood mulch, ammended soil or native alkaline clay, but not kept too wet.
    One of my most favorite plants ever!

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    2.0

    Not impressed

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    from Magdalena, NM

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix:

    I have several of these plants but they don't do much. After a year they are still small and unimpressive. I keep hoping they will begin to look like the pictures.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfection in a Plant!

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    from Las Cruces NM

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    • Attractive
    • Fragrant
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix:

      I bought the first plant 2 years ago to add color and fragrance to my sparsely-planted garden. It did exactly that! Last fall I planted 2 more. They all made it through a colder-than-usual winter and are blooming now. They actually do smell like chocolate, especially early in the morning. If there's any downside at all, it's that the bees like these flowers as much as I do. On several occasions, I've been deadheading the blooms and a bee starts buzzing around my head as if to warn me not to pick "their " flowers. Since these plants like to dry out between watering they are a very good beginning to my xeric garden.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      I would buy again

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      from Quincy,ILLINOIS

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      • Attractive
      • Fragrant

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix:

        Can be difficult in this area. Has an awesome fragrance (like opening a can of Hershey's chocolate) if you find a spot where it is happy.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Long blooming spring through fall

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        from Placitas, NM

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        • Attractive
        • Hardy
        • Healthy
        • Long Blooming

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix:

          I planted this with catmint (blue) and the combination is lovely. It bloomed all summer in my garden through the worst heat. The scent was lovely when you walked into the courtyard. It is a real workhorse in the garden!

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          5.0

          Smells Great

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          from Parker, CO

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          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Fragrant
          • Hardy
          • Healthy
          • Really Smell Chocolaty

          Cons

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix:

            This is the first time I've purchased Berlandiera and it did great despite our unusually wet spring/summer. The plants flowered for about a month straight even though this was their first year in the ground. The seed heads are even kinda pretty.

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            4.0

            Fast starter

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            from Pima, AZ

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            Pros

            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Fragrant
            • Hardy
            • Healthy
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix:

              I purchased two Extra Cold-Hardy Chocolate Flowers in my most recent order, somewhat hesitant that it was already to hot outside to be planting something that was cold hardy. We are already hitting 100 degrees. But, to my surprise and amazement, it hit the ground running and is already flowering within weeks of planting. I'm very happy and look forward to seeing it ensure our cold winters.

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              4.0

              preety flower

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              from questa nm

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              • Attractive
              • Fragrant

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix:

                we shall see how it grows

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                4.0

                Love this while drinking my morning coffee

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                from Colo, Iowa

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                • Attractive
                • Fragrant

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix:

                  It doesn't always survive in Iowa, but great when it does

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  No Luck

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                  from Sheridan, WY

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                    • Difficult To Use

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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix:

                    All 3 plants just sat all summer. Soil in my butterfly/hummingbird garden is nice and rich and I had them nicely mulched but they never took off. None survived the winter.

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                    1.0

                    Bummed

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                    from Parker, CO

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                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Did Not Come Back
                      • Was Small Weak

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                      Comments about High Country Gardens Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix:

                      I'm in zone 5. I bought list last fall. It arrived small and weak. Everything else in my garden is growing like a weed, and both of the Berlandiera I bought have not come up.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Love it

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                      from Fort Worth Tx

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                      • Attractive
                      • Fragrant
                      • Hardy
                      • Healthy

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                        Comments about High Country Gardens Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix:

                        Plants always very healthy

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                        USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                        To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                        • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                        • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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