White Jaguarzo (Halimium halimifolium)

View of the flowers of Halimium halimifolium

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El Halimium halimifolium It is a perfect shrub to give movement to the garden (or the patio 😉). Although it grows up to a meter and a half in height, it branches a lot, and as it also has small and evergreen leaves, you will have the feeling of being in an incredible place at any time of the year.

As if that were not enough, it produces very showy golden yellow flowers, and takes care of itself very easily.

Origin and characteristics

View of white jagz in habitat

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It is a highly branched shrub native to the western Mediterranean, where it grows as part of the flora of scrub and scrubland. Its scientific name is Halimium halimifolium, although it is popularly known as white jagz, narrow mirasol, white mount, saguarzo, or white rockrose. It reaches a height of 1,5 meters, and is evergreen. The leaves are opposite, elliptical or lanceolate, and are 1-4cm long by 5-20mm wide.

The flowers are grouped in yellow clusters, and are about 3-4cm wide. The fruit is an 8mm long oval capsule, and contains several very small seeds.

What are their cares?

If you want to have a copy, I recommend you take care of it as follows:

  • Location: it must be outside, in full sun.
  • Earth:
    • Pot: black peat mixed with perlite in equal parts. You can add a little (10% or less) of worm castings.
    • Garden: grows in calcareous or neutral soils, with good drainage.
  • Irrigation: it is quite resistant to drought, but in cultivation it is better to water it 2-3 times a week in summer and every 4-5 days the rest of the year to make it healthier.
  • Subscriber: not necessary if you have it in the garden; if it is potted, on the other hand, it is preferable to fertilize once a month with liquid organic fertilizers, such as guano.
  • Pruning: In late winter remove dry, diseased or weak branches, and trim those that have grown too much.
  • Rusticity: it resists frosts down to -7ºC.
Halimium halimifolium flowers are yellow

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