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Palafoxia callosa

Small palafox, Small palafoxia

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Palafoxia callosa (Small palafox)
Cressler, Alan
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 with solitary 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.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Has no ray flowers


USA: 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.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: 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.


Use Ornamental: Small palafoxia provides an airy accent to the fall prairie garden.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes

Last Update: 2015-02-19