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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Amblyolepis setigera DC.
Huisache daisy, Butterfly daisy, Honey daisy
Synonym(s): Helenium setigerum
USDA Symbol: AMSE
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Size Notes:
Flowers 1 to 2 inches
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: TX Native Distribution:
S. & c. TX Native Habitat:
Dry, open hillsides & slopes
Growing ConditionsWater 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.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Wildflower meadow, Blooms ornamental, Long-blooming
Use Wildlife: Nectar-Butterflies, Nectar-Bees, Nectar-insects
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Seed Collection: Collect seed late spring.
Seed Treatment: Not Available
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Record Last Modified: 2010-05-02
Research By: MWJ