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Aphanostephus skirrhobasis (Lazy daisy)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Aphanostephus skirrhobasis

Aphanostephus skirrhobasis (DC.) Trel.

Lazy daisy, Arkansas lazy daisy, Arkansas dozedaisy

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: apsk

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The blossom of the lazy daisy is like a smaller version of the ox-eye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare. It grows to 2 feet high, and the flower heads are 1-2 inches across, 1 flower to a stem. The 20-45 ray flowers are 1/2 inch long, narrow, white to pink, and often deep red on the underside. The center is yellow. Leaves are alternate, 1/2-2 1/2 inches long, the lower ones sharply toothed, the upper ones smooth. Stems and leaves have soft hairs.

Flowers are closed all morning, opening by midday.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Tap
Size Notes: 1-2 feet.
Flower: Flowers 1 to 2 inches
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: AR , FL , KS , LA , NM , OK , TX
Native Distribution: FL to TX & s.c. KS, s. to Mex.
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Woodlands edge, Opening

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Dry, sandy soil. Sandy, Caliche type, Sandy Loam
Conditions Comments: The blossom of the lazy daisy is like a smaller version of the ox-eye daisy. Flowers are closed all morning, opening by mid-day. The 20-45 ray flowers are 1/2 inch long, narrow, white to pink, and often deep red on the underside. The center is yellow. Leaves are alternate, 1/2-2 1/2 inches long, the lower ones sharply toothed, the upper ones smooth. Stems and leaves have soft hairs.

Benefit

Use Ornamental: Pocket prairie, Garden
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Propagation

Propagation Material: Seeds
Description: Seed sown in early fall or early spring
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
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
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX

Bibliography

Bibref 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 resources

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

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2008-10-31
Research By: TWC Staff

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