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Marcus, Joseph A.
Heterotheca canescens (DC.) Shinners
Gray golden-aster, Hoary false goldenaster
USDA Symbol: HECA8
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
KS , MO , NM , OK , TX USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Dry Conditions Comments:
Use as a low growing plant for a border, in a potted arrangement, in a short meadow or in a mass as a groundcover. The low mat of silvery foliage contrasts nicely both in color and in texture with other plants. Cut back plants in winter to basal rosettes. Good nectar
source for small butterflies.
BenefitUse Medicinal: The Cheyenne boiled the tops and stems and used the resulting extract as a sedative to aid sleep.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate
PropagationPropagation Material: Softwood Cuttings
Description: Take cuttings as early as February throughout spring. Blooms late summer to fall.
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Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0100
Collected Nov. 10, 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie MillsapsNPSOT 0257
Collected Jul 26, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth WhiteNPSOT 0478
Collected Jul 30, 1993 in Atascosa County by Louise MorrellNPSOT 0144
Collected Oct 8, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-ENH-3
Collected 2009-07-26 in Lampasas County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower CenterLBJWC-215
Collected 2008-08-26 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff