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Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus

Smallflower desert-chicory, Texas dandelion, False dandelion

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus (Smallflower desert-chicory)
Marcus, Joseph A.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Inflorescence: Terminal
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AZ , AR , FL , LA , MS , NM , OK , TX
Native Habitat: Open grasslands under oak and or juniper canopy, uplands. In all of Texas in prairies, abandoned areas, lawns, and along roadsides. In dry clay or sandy loam soils.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
Conditions Comments: Not generally cultivated as it is considered a weedy species. Heads are solitary and open in the morning, closing at about noon. Plant contains milk sap.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2009-06-24