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Pisapia, Robert J.
Layia platyglossa (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) Gray
USDA Symbol: lapl
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The branched, stout, succulent stem of this annual is prostrate and 4-12 in. long. Numerous 2 in. wide, daisy-like flowers rise from the branches above fuzzy, light-green leaves. The ray flowers have three-toothed, white tips contrasting with deep-yellow petal bases. Tufted, dandelion-seed-like fruits succeed flowering.
The seeds of this plant are a favorite of birds.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
CA , MA , UT Native Distribution:
Bay Region of CA, s. to s. CA Native Habitat:
Grassy coastal flats USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Poor, dry, sandy loams.
Conditions Comments: Dependable and easy to grow. At the end of summer, birds are apt to devour all seed unless protected. Lean soil is necessary to encourage flowering and keep plants from becoming leggy.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Seeds eagerly consumed by birds.
Use Food: Seeds harvested by indigenous people.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Broadcast seed in fall or early spring. Seeds have temperature-related afterripening and also requrie light for germination.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff