Latin Name: Calylophus
Common Name: Sundrops
Mature Height (ft): 8-12"
Mature Width: 12-18"

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Low mounding.
Mulch: inorganic

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The Calylophus genus is one of the best Southwest native plants for Panhandle gardens. Heat and drought tolerant, long blooming with little to no care, what garden would be without it? Sunny yellow 4 petaled sundrop flowers bloom in an explosion in spring, and respectably during the remaining growing season, especially when given a once a month inch of water during drought conditions. Each individual flower lasts only a day, tight compact mounds sport the orange spent blooms as well as the new bright yellow flower. Several species thrive in Panhandle gardens, including Calylophus hartweggii, C. serrulatus, a dwarf species, and C. lavendulaefolius, with lavender-like leaves.

Use in Garden

Perfect for the xeric garden, xeristrip and never water corner. Plant in combination with many of our natives as a lower mounding plant with persistent blooms. Perfectly suited to a rock garden, as the rocks just mimic its natural habitat.


So easy, simply cut back the wiry stems in late winter, or not.