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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).
Tips On Growing Berlandiera (Chocolate Flower)
Growing Berlandiera (Chocolate Flower) - An Old World species used as a small-scale ground cover.
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(based on 14 reviews)
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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 would buy again
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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Great plant with lovely smell
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Comments about High Country Gardens Berlandiera lyrata Mora County Mix:
I love this little plant. It is near the front door in the xeric garden and smells delightful in the mornings. It has proved to be tough and hardy, surviving all sorts of weather insults as well as the garden hose regularly flopped over it. It is very pretty in the mornings, but in the afternoons the blooms sort of shut down and it looks like something that should have been deadheaded last week. I don't care--smelling milk chocolate and seeing the cheerful blooms every morning for months is worth it.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Blooms, but the blooms don't stay for long.
By Christine's Garden
from Los Alamos, NM
I purchased a couple of these to line my sunny, hot sidewalk. Despite their immature height (6 inches), they flowered within a couple weeks of planting in June-July. The blooms don't seem to stay on the plant long, but it does keep re-blooming. The plant isn't much to look at in my opinion, but it is interesting.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Amazing Cocoa Scent & Longest Perennial Bloom Time
from Montrose, Colorado (Western Slope)
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!
from Magdalena, NM
About Me Master Gardener
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.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Good Day J.,We are so sad to hear of your disappointment! We are not sure why this has not grown much for you but please know that we are truly committed to ensuring you are pleased with your purchases with us. It is because of this, we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our products! We would like to work with you to figure out how to coax your Berlandiera to take off! We have reached out to you via email to discuss your options so you can get the results you paid for! Should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-800-925-9387 Our hours are Monday - Friday 7am - 5pm MTHappy Gardening!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from Las Cruces NM
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Long blooming spring through fall
By Carol P
from Placitas, NM
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!
from Parker, CO
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.
from Pima, AZ
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.
from questa nm
we shall see how it grows
Love this while drinking my morning coffee
from Colo, Iowa
It doesn't always survive in Iowa, but great when it does
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Sheridan, WY
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.
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.
from Fort Worth Tx
Plants always very healthy
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.
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