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Amblyolepis setigera


Huisache daisy, Butterfly daisy, Honey daisy


Asteraceae (Aster Family)



Amblyolepis setigera (Huisache daisy)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Huisache daisy is so called because it often grows in thick stands under the huisache (Acacia farnesiana) and other chaparral bushes, forming an almost solid blanket of gold. It grows 6-15 inches tall, with several rough, hairy branches in the upper part. Leaves are without petioles, the upper ones having lobes at the base that extend almost around the stem. The large, yellow flower heads, 1 1/4-2 inches across, are on long stems that are bare on the upper portion. The yellow to orange-yellow center is dome-shaped, and the disk flowers are velvety. The 8-12 ray flowers are up to 1 inch long with 3 or 4 teeth on the rim. Often the toothed portion is noticeably lighter than the rest.

Huisache-daisy often forms thick stands along roads and on hillsides where it provides lavish color when in bloom. The plant has a strong scent.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: 6-15
Flower: Flowers 1 to 2 inches
Fruit:
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

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

Distribution

USA: TX
Native Distribution: S. & c. TX
Native Habitat: Dry, open hillsides & slopes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Well-drained sand, loam & caliche. Caliche type, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam
Conditions Comments: Huisache daisy often grows in thick stands long roads and on hillsides, forming an almost solid blanket of gold. The large, yellow flower head are on long stems that are bare on the upper portion. The yellow to orange-yellow center is dome-shaped, and the disk flowers are velvety. Often the toothed portion is noticeably lighter than the rest. The plant has a strong scent.

Benefit

Use Ornamental: Wildflower meadow, Blooms ornamental, Long-blooming
Use Wildlife: Nectar-Butterflies, Nectar-Bees, Nectar-insects
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies

Last Update: 2010-05-02