Lasthenia californica DC. ex Lindl.
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: laca7
A low, slightly pubescent, slender, unbranched annual, 2-6 in. tall, with threadlike leaves and small, yellow, radiate flowers. A small, slender annual with reddish stems, very narrow opposite leaves, and a small golden-yellow flower head at the end of each branch. In better soils, the plant is stouter and reaches 10 in. in height.
On open areas with poor soils, where grass is sparse, this plant will form carpets of gold if moisture is ample. It is also sometimes placed in the genus Baeria. Spring Gold (Crocidium multicaule) looks very much like Goldfields, but has most leaves in a basal rosette. Those on the stem are alternate, and have tufts of hair in the axils.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , MA , NM , OR
Native Distribution: OR to AZ
Native Habitat: Open mesas & grasslands
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Dry clays or sands.
Conditions Comments: This annual carpets stretches of open desert following wet winters.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lasthenia californica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lasthenia californica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lasthenia californica
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-12-14
Research By: TWC Staff