Thelesperma simplicifolium A. Gray
Slender greenthread, Navajo Tea, Cota
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: THSI
Thelesperma simplicifolium grows to 20 inches tall and has many loosely branched stems. Leaves are opposite, 1–3 inches long. The lower leaves have 3–5 narrow segments, but those above have fewer. Flower heads are generally similar to those of T. flavodiscum, with 6–9 yellow ray flowers and yellowish-brown disc flowers.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: NM , TX
Native Habitat: Abundant on open and well-drained sand, loam, clay, caliche, especially in the limestone uplands. Throughout Texas and west into New Mexico.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: Navajo Tea is best used as a grouping in a wildflower meadow. It forms colonies by spreading rhizomes. The bright golden flowers provide nectar to butterflies and sparce foliage give the plant an airy feel.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: High
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0677 Collected July 18, 1992 in Bandera County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0234 Collected June 3, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-GV-3 Collected 2005-06-04 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 281 - Shinners & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas (1999) Diggs, G. M.; B. L. Lipscomb; B. O'Kennon; W. F...
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Thelesperma simplicifolium in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Thelesperma simplicifolium in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Thelesperma simplicifolium
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-09-08
Research By: LAL, JMS