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Chomonque, Ocote
Gochnatia hypoleuca

Asteraceae (Compositae)

An attractive, little-known shrub native to extreme South Texas, Chomonque flowers in the winter and has striking bi-colored leaves, very dark green on top and white and feltish underneath. The white flowers that appear from November to February are weakly fragrant and attract bees and many species of butterflies. It grows on gravel and caliche in South Texas shrub lands, and is extremely drought and heat tolerant. A speciman at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens has proved cold hardy and evergreen, but its cold-hardiness farther north is untested.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: fall

Fruit Characteristics: small bristly achene

Height: 6 to 8 feet


Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: very high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9

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