The damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana) belongs to Asteraceae (the Aster family). It is a small evergreen shrub that is native to the southwestern United States; Texas, New Mexico and to Mexico. This shrub grows on rocky limestone soils in arid areas, and up to 80 cm in height. The stems are branched and rising in a mounded or bouquet form from a woody base. The leaves are dark green, highly aromatic, needle-like, and crowded on the twigs. The bright yellow flower-heads bloom from April to September. They are 2.5 cm across, commonly with 8 narrow ray flowers, on slender stems at the end of the branches. The fruit is very small, 3 mm long and with a crown of short bristles.