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Tauscher, Joseph Allan
Pityopsis graminifolia (Michx.) Nutt.
Narrowleaf silkgrass, Golden aster
USDA Symbol: pigr4
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Silvery, grass-like leaves, to 1 ft. long, are topped by 2 in. clusters of bright-yellow, daisy-like flowers on 2 1/2 ft. stems.
This is a tough, vigorous, evergreen ground cover that does poorly only if soils are too rich and damp.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Semi-evergreen Leaf Shape:
Linear Inflorescence: Head Leaf:
Flowers 1 inch wide
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Will bloom better the more sun it gets.
AL , AR , DE , FL , GA , KY , LA , MD , MS , NC , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV Native Distribution:
Delaware to Ohio, south to Georgia, Texas, and Mexico. Native Habitat:
Dry, open sandy sites. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitUse Ornamental: Silvery green, grass-like leaves and tendency to colonize make it useful as a foreground plant and a ground cover. Its bright, daisy-like flowers are most abundant in full sun.
Use Wildlife: Butterfly attractant.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Maintenance: For neatness, cut back just before new leaves emerge, in February.
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1149
Collected 2011-06-13 in Montgomery County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2009-01-30
Research By: TWC Staff