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