Chocolate Flower

Berlandiera lyrata

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Perennial
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Description: A cheery, informal wildflower that will bloom from early summer through frost. Yellow-petalled, daisy-like flowers have reddish-brown centers and a strong chocolate fragrance, especially in the early morning. The dried seedheads look interesting and provide excellent food for birds. Native to the American Southwest, Chocolate Flower is a very drought and heat tolerant plant which can live without irrigation once established.


Maintenance Type: Perennial - Herbaceous
Plant Care: Perennial - Herbaceous (soft-stemmed plants that die back in winter and regrow in spring): Remove spent blooms to promote rebloom later. Some plants tend to flop over after the first bloom and attempt to regrow from the base; in these cases, the old stems can be cut away in summer. As plants become dormant in the fall, remove dead leaves and stems.

Plant Attributes:

Mature Size: 12-18" tall and wide
Utah Native: No
Plant Select: Yes
Pollinator Friendly: Yes
Localscapes: Infill Plant, Park Strip Plant
Foliage Interest: No
Foliage Colors: Green
Bloom Colors: Yellow
Bloom Seasons: Early Summer, Fall, Late Summer, Summer
Bloom Period: Jun - Oct

Growing Conditions:

Hardiness Zone: 4 to 10
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun), Part Shade (4-6 hrs morning sun), Part Sun (4-6 hrs afternoon sun)
Irrigation Requirement:     Very Low (Water to Establish)
Salt Tolerant: Yes
Deer Resistant: Yes

Garden Location:

  • Commercial Concepts
    • Education Center Parking
    • Garden Entrance
  • Design Path
    • Easy Does It
    • Winter Interest
  • Neighborhood Landscapes
    • A Desert with Altitude
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter