Mexican Orange Flower (Choisya ternata)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Various insects


Honey Bees in the Garden:  MayHoney Bees in the Garden: May
May 5, 2011

May is a month that showcases flowers for special days. Flowers for May Day, flowers for Mother's Day, flowers for Memorial Day and flowers for the honey bees.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 22, 2012 2:14 PM

Honey bees get pollen from this plant.

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Posted by vitrsna (Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico - Zone 11a) on Mar 18, 2015 12:34 AM

This plant is a member of the Rutaceae Family. Both the leaves and flowers have a fragrance of oranges. The plant is host to Giant Swallowtail butterflies (Papilio cresphontes), which are the largest butterflies in the US and whose larva will nibble the leaves until they are ready to pupate but will not destroy the plant. The plant is native to Mexico.

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