It's November, the summer bloomers have long since gone to seed while the winter bloomers are just now waking up...and meanwhile, our Baja Tickseed is blooming its heart out, with 2" yellow daisy-like flowers rising above a 3–4' wide mound of lush green finely-cut foliage. (This blooming continues well into spring, by the way!)
Like many plants from Baja, Bidens nudata has proven to be very adaptable to our San Fernando Valley garden. Drought tolerant, it doesn't mind extra water; it survives if shaded by its neighbors, and thrives once exposed to full sun. No stranger to sand, it's perfectly happy in our heavy clay. It's a great plant for any late butterflies or bees that are still lingering in your garden, or migrating through to warmer climes.
Plants from Baja, California are not easy to find, but are worth searching out. We find most of our Baja plants in sales at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden; we see that UC Riverside's Botanic Garden and Theodore Payne Foundation also offer plants from Baja.