The Skeleton-leaf Goldeneye (Viguiera stenoloba) sounds like something you would plant specifically for Halloween, but for the Tucson and Green Valley area this evergreen shrub is great for summer color.
The Skeleton-leaf Goldeneye is a native plant in Texas, New Mexico down south to Mexico. It is hardy down to 10 below zero, so you will never have to worry about freezing around here. The leaves are bright green, a welcome color in the desert, and the bright yellow daisy-like flowers love our hot sun. As long as it has good drainage, this shrub will do well for you.
The mature size of Skeleton-leaf Goldeneye is 4 feet tall and wide. It is slow growing, which also indicates a longer life. It requires minimal water and pruning.
Plant this shrub where the flowers are appreciated, either in your back yard or front entry.
Reference: Mountain States Wholesale Nursery and Gregg Starr Nursery Plant Info Sheet, 1999.