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Pityopsis graminifolia (Narrowleaf silkgrass)
Tauscher, Joseph Allan

Pityopsis graminifolia

Pityopsis graminifolia (Michx.) Nutt.

Narrowleaf silkgrass, Golden aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Semi-evergreen
Leaf Shape: Linear
Inflorescence: Head
Leaf: Green
Flower: Flowers 1 inch wide
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Will bloom better the more sun it gets.


USA: AL , AR , DE , FL , GA , KY , LA , MD , MS , NC , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Native Distribution: Delaware to Ohio, south to Georgia, Texas, and Mexico.
Native Habitat: Dry, open sandy sites.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium


Use 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
Attracts: Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes


Propagation Material: Root Division , Seeds
Maintenance: For neatness, cut back just before new leaves emerge, in February.

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

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.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Native Plant Nursery - Sanibel, FL

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1149 Collected 2007-12-06 in Montgomery County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Pityopsis graminifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pityopsis graminifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pityopsis graminifolia


Record Last Modified: 2013-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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