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Flaigg, Norman G.
Hymenopappus artemisiifolius DC.
Old plainsman, Oldplainsman, Woolly-white
USDA Symbol: HYAR3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A rather stout biennial, 2-4 ft. tall, with large, showy flower clusters. Flower heads are at the end of stems, sometimes having as many as 60 florets in a cluster. The bracts supporting the flower are snowy white on the outer half, giving the whole head a white appearance. Disk flowers are rose-colored to dark wine, and there are no ray flowers. The flowers are funnel-shaped, 5-lobed, and numerous. Many-branched stems arise from a basal rosette of pale bluish, bipinnate leaves.
The blooms of these tall narrow plants attract butterflies.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Biennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Bipinnate Flower:
Flowers in 3 inch head
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
AR , LA , TX Native Distribution:
LA to s.w. AR & e. and n.c. TX Native Habitat:
Sandy old fields, prairies & open woods USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Well-drained, sandy soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam.
Conditions Comments: Each plant is tall and narrow, so massed planting look best. When the first bloom is cut, new blooming spikes will develop.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Aromatic, Pocket prairie, Wildflower meadow
Use Wildlife: The blooms of these tall narrow plants attract butterflies.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Propagate by sowing seed or transplanting rosettes in late fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1035
Collected 2011-06-07 in Morris County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff