Palafoxia callosa (Nutt.) Torr. & Gray
Small palafox, Small palafoxia
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Glandular stems reaching 20 to 60 cm tall, producing linear leaf blades w/ glandular-based hairs. Brownish to reddish purple anthers stand out against lavendar petals. Small Palafox is an upright, 2-3 ft. annual
flowers on slender stalks from sticky-hairy stems. Ray
flowers are absent. Disk flowers are pink or purple. Leaves become bract-like in the flowering portion of the stem.
The flowers attract butterflies.
This genus is named after José de Palafox y Melzi, Duke of Saragossa (1776–1847), a Spanish captain-general, in the war against the invading armies of Napoleon.
Image Gallery: 19 photo(s) available
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color:
White , Pink , Purple Bloom Time:
Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov Bloom Notes:
Has no ray
AR , HI , LA , MS , MO , OK , TX Native Distribution:
From Texas to Oklahoma, east to Missouri & south to Arkansas. Native Habitat:
Limestone glades; bald knobs; open, sandy areas; gravelly stream edges. USDA Native Status: L48(N), HI(I)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Dry Heat Tolerant:
Small palafoxia provides an airy accent to the fall prairie garden. Best grown in full sun and dry, gravelly soils to avoid rotting plant. Great reseeding annual
for the xeric flower garden.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Small palafoxia provides an airy accent to the fall prairie garden.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes