I love to discover new plants, “discover” in the sense that I see a plant at a garden center or in someone’s garden for the first time and decide that it must find a place in my own garden. Such a discovery was a delightful creeping annual named mercadonia. It spreads quickly and its lovely yellow flowers and green foliage brighten my pots over the summer until frost.

Mercadonia 1

I have used mercadonia to fill several roles in my pot arrangements. It can servesimultaneously as a filler and a spiller (trailer over the edge) in any combination that calls for a splash of yellow. I also learned during a hot North Carolina summer that it is quite drought tolerant.



mercadonia 2  mercadonia 3

When the photo on the left was taken in late July, both the mercadonia and the purple Wave™ petunias were thriving. The photo at right shows the same arrangement three weeks later, after it received no water in that period (we had no rain and were out of town visiting a granddaughter). The petunias didn’t survive, but the mercadonia proved itself as it lived on with very little stress.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in Stallings, NC with his wife, in close proximity to six of his eight grandchildren.
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2 Responses to Mercadonia

  1. I have added this plant to my shopping list. Yellow, I love it.


  2. I’m going to try this one. I live in the woods and sunny spots are scarce, but I’ll find a place. Love the spilling effect.


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