yellow with dark centers
early summer to early fall
1 to 2 ft.
12 to 18 in.
southwestern United States
sun, part shade
USDA zones 4-10
hardy to 7,000 ft.
Chocolate flower is a native perenial flower of the southwestern US that blooms all summer. It gets its name from producing an extremely aromatic milk chocolate fragrance in the morning. Rosettes of soft grey-green leaves bear yellow daisy-like flowers with dark eyes. The flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon.
Chocolate flower is a hardy perennial in the Colorado Springs area, though rather short-lived. If conditions are right, it will germinate from seed freely.
Chocolate flower has been a good performer at the Xeriscape Garden. It grows its main flush of blooms in early summer, goes through a rest period, and then begins blooming again later in the summer.
It grows best in hot, dry conditions. Individual plants have not survived that long, but seedlings have germinated and taken their place. The flowers look best in the morning. They close in late afternoon.
Cut back old growth to ground level in fall or spring.