Palafoxia hookeriana Torr. & A. Gray
Sand palafox, Hooker palafoxia, Sand palafoxia, Hooker's palafoxia
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: paho
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).
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”.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Size Notes: 16-40
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
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 DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1321 Collected 2009-09-27 in Montgomery County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 765 - McMillen's Texas Gardening: Wildflowers (1998) Howard, D.
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 resourcesUSDA: Find Palafoxia hookeriana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Palafoxia hookeriana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Palafoxia hookeriana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-10-20
Research By: TWC Staff