En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
1 rating

Monday - October 25, 2010

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plant identification of yellow daisy-like flowers blooming in Austin
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

What is the name of the yellow daisy-like bush that is blooming now all over the Hill Country of Texas? The plant varies from 3 to 5 feet. The petals on the bloom vary from 8 to 10. The flowers are on a stem without leaves and branch into three parts.

ANSWER:

Your description sounds like Amphiachyris dracunculoides (Prairie broomweed), a member of the Family Asteraceae (Aster Family).  There are lots of them  in fields around Austin right now.  It is a very good year for them.

There is another yellow daisy-like flower, Viguiera dentata (Sunflower goldeneye), also in the Family Asteraceae, making a big show in the Austin area as well. There is an especially nice stand near the Pedernales River crossing on the road to Westcave Preserve on Hamilton Pool Road southwest of Austin.


Amphiachyris dracunculoides


Amphiachyris dracunculoides


Amphiachyris dracunculoides


Amphiachyris dracunculoides


Viguiera dentata


Viguiera dentata


Viguiera dentata


Viguiera dentata

 

 

More Plant Identification Questions

Identification of small plant
May 31, 2011 - Hi, Mr. Smarty Plants, We are doing a biology project where we have to identify certain plants found in our area. We encountered a infinity symbol-shaped light green plant, about 4 cm high, and light...
view the full question and answer

Identification of Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) in Virginia
April 15, 2006 - Hi, I am very curious about a bulb growing wild plant in our back yard. We have recently moved to the Woodbridge, VA area. There is a stream running trough our property. The plant looks almost like la...
view the full question and answer

Horsemint for Connecticut
July 01, 2015 - Will horsemint grow in Connecticut?
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants on wildflower identification
September 23, 2004 - Can you recommend a good CD-ROM on wildflower identification? I live in Virginia and am constantly frustrated trying to identify the myriad wildflowers I encounter as I move around the state.
view the full question and answer

Identity of plant with white flowers and serrated leaves in creek bed
September 17, 2012 - I have a wild fall blooming plant, white flowers, serrated leaves. Growing abundantly in my dry creek bed. Any thoughts?
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center