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Centratherum punctatum 

  • Common Name: Larkdaisy (other common names: Brazilian Buttonbush, Porcupine Flower, Brazilian Button Flower, Mexican Bachelor Button, Pineapple Sangria, Lark Daisy, Porcupine Flower, or Manaus Beauty)
  • Scientific Name: Centratherum punctatum
  • Family Name: Asteraceae
  • Origin: Brazil, South America (Venezuela to northern Argentina), Panama, Nicaragua, Trinidad
  • Height: 1’-2’
  • Width: 3’ – 4’
  • Growth: Fast growing, spreading and dense.
  • Zone: 9 - 11
  • Light Needs: Full sun.
  • Salt Tolerance: Unknown
  • Soil/PH/Texture: Prefers sand, loam and clay soils and mildly acidic – neutral soil (ph. 6.1 – 7.5).
  • Soil Moisture: Average water needs but well-drained soil.
  • Drought Tolerance: Drought tolerant but will die if frozen.
  • Pests/Diseases: No pests or diseases of major concern.
  • Growing Conditions: Minimum maintenance, but make sure to deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings the next year. Intolerant of frost.
  • Characteristics: This deciduous plant has fragrant leaves that are less than 2” in length, olive – light green, simple, alternately arranged, elliptic (oval), serrate margins, with pinnate venation. The flowers bloom in the summer and fall, are button-like, 1”, and are lavender – pink in color.                                                                                               
  • Propagation: May seed itself yearly but can be propagated by cuttings also.
  • Wildlife: Attractive to bees, birds and butterflies. Tolerates rabbits and deer.
  • Facts: The Genus name comes from the Greek word kentron meaning “a spur” and antheros meaning “a barb or spine” and the specific epithet means “spotted”.
  • Designer Considerations: Used for ground cover, mass plantings, edging, cascading over walls and looks great in a rock garden. It can also be suitable in pots 3 gallon or larger for patios.