Yellow Alder, Turnera ulmifolia

Yellow Alder

FAMILY:
Turneraceae

ORIGIN:
Neotropical America

DESCRIPTION:
Small perennial grows to about 2.5'

CULTIVATION:
Water moderately; fertilize monthly; full sun; pinch back to maintain lush growth

PROPAGATION:
Seed

COMMENTS:
In folklore, the name "butterfly" was thought to have been derived from the fact that the Jamaican Mexican Fritillary caterpillar fed on Yellow Alder, excreting yellow frass which resembled butter.

 

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