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Simsia calva (Awnless bush sunflower)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Simsia calva

Simsia calva (Engelm. & A. Gray) A. Gray

Awnless bush sunflower, Bush sunflower

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: SICA7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov

Distribution

USA: NM , TX
Native Distribution: Central Texas west to southeastern New Mexico, south to Nuevo Leon in northeastern Mexico
Native Habitat: Frequent in all but the northeastern region of Texas on dry uplands. Well-drained limestone and caliche.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: Bush sunflower is an extremely drought tolerant plant for a chalk prairie. It provides nectar for butterflies and seeds for songbirds.

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Minimal

Propagation

Commercially Avail: yes

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0710 Collected Apr 1, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
NPSOT 0627 Collected Nov 6, 1993 in Bexar County by Mike Fox

Additional resources

USDA: Find Simsia calva in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Simsia calva in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Simsia calva

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2009-05-14
Research By: TWC Staff

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