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Woolly Paperflower

Psilostrophe tagetina

Other common name(s):

Paperflower

Family:

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map

Chihuahuan Deserts, High Plains
Chihuahuan Basins and Playas, Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands, Chihuahuan Montane Woodlands, Low Mountains and Bajadas
Arid Llano Estacado, Llano Estacado, Rolling Sand Plains, Shinnery Sands

Plant Characteristics

Growth Form

Shrub

Height

1
to
1.5
ft.

Spread

1
to
1.5
ft.

Leaf Retention

Deciduous

Lifespan

Perennial

Habitat and Care Requirements

Soil Type(s)

Sand, Loam, Rocky, Limestone, Well Drained, Saline

Light Requirement

Sun, Part Shade

Water Requirement

Very Low

Native Habitat

Grassland

Bloom and Attraction

Bloom Color

Yellow

Bloom Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Seasonal Interest

Nectar

Wildlife Benefit

Butterflies, Nectar Insects, Bees

Maintenance

This short-lived perennial requires very little water to maintain blooming. Propagation: Seed.

Comments

Blooms February-October. This plant makes an excellent border or featured specimen. Clusters of yellow, daisy-like flowers cover the plant. The flowers remain for several months, eventually turning brownish or whitish and papery. Basal leaves withering with age, oval to spatula shaped, hairy; stem leaves smaller, linear, usually less hairy than basal leaves.

References

1) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). Ecoregions of Texas. 2) Wasowski, Sally and Wasowski, Andy, Native Texas Plants, Landscaping Region by Region, 1988, 1991, pg 163. 3) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=4136&locationType=County&mapType=Normal. 4) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=PSTA. 5) https://portal.torcherbaria.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=Psilostrophe+tagetina&formsubmit=Search+Terms. 6) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=38316#null