Don’t Discount Damianita

Durable, drought-tolerant and deer-resistant, damianita deserves a permanent place in your landscape. And that’s why we’ve added it to our list of approved plants for the WaterSaver Landscape Coupon.

Alongside roads, limestone cliffs and even in parking lot cracks and crevices grows a tough little, yellow-flowered perennial without any means of supplemental moisture. It’s called damianita. And it should be first on your list of plants to add to your landscape.

Damianita grows on limestone and caliche cliffs, hills and plateaus in some of the worst soils in this area. So it will likely be right at home with the soil left behind by builders at new home properties. Other than full sun and well-drained soil, it doesn’t require much else.

It’s also evergreen, attractive to birds and butterflies and disliked by deer. Yes, folks, this plant is deer resistant! Damianita is restrained in growth and will not exceed three feet. It’s perfect for sunny, hot front yard beds, backyard slopes or along brick or decomposed granite pathways.

Because of these wonderful xeric characteristics — and a native besides — SAWS staff has chosen damianita to be the newest full-fledged member of the WaterSaver Landscape Coupon family.

Browse our WaterSaver Landscape and Patioscape coupons, and peruse the site for plant and design ideas on removing water hog lawns and inefficient irrigation systems.

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Mark Peterson
Mark A. Peterson was a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System before retiring. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you're likely to find him hiking San Antonio's wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.
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