Hymenopappus artemisiifolius DC.
Old plainsman, Oldplainsman, Woolly-white
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: HYAR3
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Biennial
Leaf Complexity: Bipinnate
Flower: Flowers in 3 inch head
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AR , LA , TX
Native Distribution: LA to s.w. AR & e. and n.c. TX
Native Habitat: Sandy old fields, prairies & open woods
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
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1035 Collected 2007-06-06 in Morris County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Hymenopappus artemisiifolius in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hymenopappus artemisiifolius in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hymenopappus artemisiifolius
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff