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Tetraneuris scaposa var. scaposa

Four-nerve daisy, Hymenoxys, Stemmy four-nerve daisy, Bitterweed

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Tetraneuris scaposa var. scaposa (Four-nerve daisy)
Flaigg, Norman G.
Four-nerve Daisy is a low, upright, silvery perennial to1 ft., from a woody base. The solitary stem is much-branched at the base forming a clump. The solitary flower heads occur at the end of silky, leafless stalks. The tip of each yellow ray flower is three-toothed. Four dark purple veins are visible on both sides of the ray. Disk flowers are also yellow. Long, narrow, silvery-green leaves are crowded mostly toward the base.

Flower petals become reflexed with age and remain on the plant a long time. Flowers have an unpleasant odor when picked.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Size Notes: 8-12 inches tall.
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: CO , IL , KS , NM , OK , TX
Native Distribution: W. Kansas to Oklahoma and Texas, west to Colorado and New Mexico; reported in Illinois.
Native Habitat: Dry plains; rocky hillsides.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: Four-nerve Daisy is a low, upright, silvery perennial with yellow disk flowers. Great for a rock garden, or garden border.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate

Last Update: 2008-12-17