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Palafoxia hookeriana Torr. & A. Gray
Sand palafox, Hooker palafoxia, Sand palafoxia, Hooker's palafoxia
USDA Symbol: paho
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Sand palafox grows 16–40 inches tall and is unbranched except for the numerous flower stems on the upper third. It is lightly covered with hair, and somewhat sticky. Leaves are 4 inches long or less and 3/4 inch wide. Flower heads have 8–12 rose-colored ray flowers, deeply 3-toothed and about 1/2 inch long, and many rose-colored disc flowers (248).
This genus is named after José de Palafox y Melzi, Duke of Saragossa (1776–1847), a Spanish captain-general, in the war against the invading armies of Napoleon.
The species is named for William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865), who was Director of Kew Gardens from 1841-1865. He wrote “Flora boreali-americana” and many other works. He was founder and editor of “Journal of Botany”.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Size Notes:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, TX Native Habitat:
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Soil Description:
Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based Conditions Comments:
Sand palafox is unbranched except for the numerous flower
stems. It is lightly covered with hair, and somewhat sticky. Flower
heads have 8–12 rose-colored ray
flowers. Blooming can be increased and prolonged by prunning and dead heading.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Wildflower meadow, Rocky hillside
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
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:
National Butterfly Center
- Mission, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1321
Collected 2013-09-28 in Montgomery County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2010-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff