Bushy seaside ox-eye (Borrichia frutescens) grows along the saline coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico in estuaries, lagoons, marshes, mangrove swamps, and tidal flats. It readily spreads by way of underground rhizomes and can build up large colonies that are important in stabilizing the soil in its natural habitats.
Although usually occurring in saline situations in nature, it readily adapts to average garden conditions so long as it is grown in a sunny spot. Once established, it is remarkably tolerant of adversity, including moderate drought. In addition to its ornamental and landscape qualities, it is also useful for attracting butterflies and other insects to the garden.
Map courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database
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