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Tauscher, Joseph Allan
Pityopsis graminifolia (Michx.) Nutt.
Narrowleaf silkgrass, Golden aster
USDA Symbol: pigr4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Silvery, grass-like leaves, to 1 ft. long, are topped by 2 in. clusters of bright-yellow, daisy-like flowers on 2 1/2 ft. stems.
This is a tough, vigorous, evergreen ground cover that does poorly only if soils are too rich and damp.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Retention: Semi-evergreen Leaf Shape:
Linear Inflorescence: Head Leaf:
Flowers 1 inch wide
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Will bloom better the more sun it gets.
, WV Native Distribution:
Delaware to Ohio, south to Georgia, Texas, and Mexico. Native Habitat:
Dry, open sandy sites.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitUse Ornamental: Silvery green, grass-like leaves and tendency to colonize make it useful as a foreground plant and a ground cover. Its bright, daisy-like flowers are most abundant in full sun.
Use Wildlife: Butterfly attractant.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Maintenance: For neatness, cut back just before new leaves emerge, in February.
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1149
Collected 2011-06-13 in Montgomery County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff