Iva hayesiana

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Species Name: Iva hayesiana
Common Name: San Diego Marsh Elder

Tough evergreen groundcover with fragrant leaves. Recommended for erosion control on slopes, hillsides and in canyons. Very drought-tolerant but takes regular water. Spreads by layering--stems rooting where they touch the soil.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 2' H x spreading
Growth Habit: Low, dense, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Occasional to regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Inconspicuous
Endangered?: List 2//RED 2-2-1
Distribution: South Coast, (SW San Diego County), Baja
Natural Habitat: Alkaline Flats below 2000'

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.