Acmispon argophyllus var argenteus

Channel Island Silver Lotus

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Adaptable, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 2' X 2'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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This relative of the widespread deer weed (Acmispon glaber) is endemic to several of the Channel Islands. It grows in an open mound of silvery white leaves, accented in the spring and early summer with bright yellow blooms. The silver lotus thrives in a sunny, well-draining location and should only be given occasional water once established, if any. The leaves are coated with a waxy coating and fine hairs, both of which enhance the plant’s ability to conserve water in its dry island habitat. Rarely available, the silver lotus is something of an experiment in Bay Area gardens.


Deer Resistant: Somewhat
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous