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Thelesperma simplicifolium A. Gray
Slender greenthread, Navajo Tea, Cota
USDA Symbol: THSI
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
, 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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Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0234
Collected June 3, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth WhiteNPSOT 0677
Collected July 18, 1992 in Bandera County by Harry Cliffe
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-GV-3
Collected 2009-06-05 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-08
Research By: LAL, JMS