Latin Names Are Your Friend

And therein lies the secret of success: This plant thrives in maritime climates. In fact, it’s native to the Mediterranean region, where the air is always moist and the soil is dry and rather rocky.

This photo was taken in a home garden on the coast of Washington state, less than one mile from the ocean. That black pot on the far right will give you an idea of scale: it’s a one-gallon size. The plant is about 3 years old, and the homeowner does absolutely nothing except water it haphazardly and whack it back when it threatens to engulf the lawnmower.

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