Geraea canescens Torr. & A. Gray
Hairy desert-sunflower, Desert sunflower, Desert gold
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Geraea canescens var. canescens, Geraea canescens var. paniculata
USDA Symbol: GECA2
A slender, hairy plant with a few leaves and golden-yellow flower heads at the ends of the several branches.
Gerea comes from the Greek geraios (old man), referring to the white hairs on the fruits. After adequate rain, these plants may line mile after mile along hot, dry, desolate roadsides.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Distribution: Se. California to sw. Utah; south to w. Arizona and nw. Mexico.
Native Habitat: Sandy, barren, flat desert.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Geraea canescens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Geraea canescens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Geraea canescens
MetadataRecord Modified: 2016-02-26
Research By: TWC Staff