Yellow, five-petaled buttercup-like flowers bloom prolifically on this butterfly bush. Commonly called Cuban Buttercup or yellow alder. Growing buttercup bushes provide continued blossoms.
Botanically called Turnera ulmifolisa, this spreading ground cover or small bush brightens up bare spots in the landscape with bright yellow flowers that bloom in the morning and last all day.
The rewards of growing buttercup bushes are abundant flowers and the attractive, oval-shaped, serrated evergreen foliage. The Cuban buttercup attracts pollinator butterflies and bees. This bush reaches about 2 to 3 feet in height and width, and is a nice addition in a butterfly garden. This is a drought-resistant plant and grows best in full sun.
Currently in bloom in the Butterfly Garden at Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts. Don’t miss our Gardens in Paradise tour on March 25.
For more information go to SarasotaGardenClub.org.
Kay Weber, Botanical Gardens chair