5 Reasons to Plant Four Nerve Daisy (Tetraneuris scaposa)

Looking for long-blooming, drought-tolerant Texas native plants? Look no further than Four-Nerve Daisy (Tetraneuris scaposa). This silvery perennial topped with sunny yellow blooms is a must for your garden!

Four-Nerve Daisy is low-growing and evergreen, making it a versatile plant at the front of a landscaping bed, in a zeriscape, or in a container pot. Its delicate flowers sway in the breeze!

Tetraneuris scaposa
The flowers of Four Nerve Daisy only grow about 1 foot tall. The feathery base is evergreen.

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What Does Four-Nerve Daisy look like?

This pretty plant has yellow disc flowers, each on a solitary stem, that rise a foot above the silvery-green leaves at the base of the plant. The plant is small and compact, typically not growing more than a foot tall or a foot wide.

Four nerve daisy plant
Tetraneuris scaposa has solitary flower heads on single leafless stalks, with grass-like foliage at the base.

5 Reasons to Grow Four Nerve Daisy (Tetraneuris scaposa)

1. It blooms throughout the year

While its main bloom period is in the spring through early summer, Four Nerve Daisy will bloom periodically any time of the year, including the winter months!

It will bloom the most in full sun, but it can also handle part shade. Its conspicuous flowers are a good nectar source for bees throughout the year.

2. It is a low-growing perennial

While many Texas native plants can get quite large, these compact yellow flowers behave nicely in the garden!

They work great as a border plant in a perennial garden and in container gardens.

Tetraneuris scaposa
Group these low-growing plants together at the front of a garden bed.

3. It is very drought tolerant

Four-Nerve Daisy requires little supplemental water once established. It likes our Texas heat, and it likes well-drained soils, so don’t overwater! It looks great in sunny rock gardens or xeriscapes.

4. It is deer resistant

The flowers are said to have an unpleasant odor when picked, which may help keep the deer away! They tend to avoid this plant. Have deer in your area? Check out these other deer resistant Texas plants.

5. It is relatively easy to find at the nursery

While some native plants can be hard to find at the nursery, this native perennial is relatively easy to find at nurseries throughout Texas.

In general, it is best to skip the big box nurseries like Home Depot, and head to a local nursery that is knowledgable about native plants.

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Looking for more drought-tolerant Texas natives? I created a handy one-page PDF for you to print and take along with you to the plant nursery.

It includes a thumbnail photo of each plant along with both its common and scientific name and helpful growing info. Get it here:

Drought tolerant Texas plants

Where is Tetraneuris scaposa native to?

Four Nerve Daisy can be found growing throughout the western half of Texas as well as several other states. Its native habitat is rocky hillsides and canyons. Check out its native range in the following states:

  • Colorado
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

Common Names for Tetraneuris scaposa

The scientific name for Four-Nerve Daisy is Tetraneuris scaposa. While plants only have one scientific (Latin) name, they can have multiple common names.

The common name “Four Nerve Daisy” refers to the veins visible on the underside of the petals. Other common names include:

  • Stemmy Four Nerve Daisy
  • Hymenoxys
  • Bitterweed

Make sure to write down the scientific name (Tetraneuris scaposa) before you head to the nursery to make sure you buy the right plant!

Tetraneuris scaposa Texas native plants
Four Nerve Daisy looks nice in mass plantings, and is often one of the first to start blooming in spring.

What to Pair with Four Nerve Daisy

Plant this low-growing perennial in front of larger Texas native perennials such as:

Four Nerve Daisy and Flame Acanthus in rock garden
Pair Tetraneuris scaposa with other drought-tolerant plants such as Flame Acanthus.

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