Pityopsis graminifolia (Michx.) Nutt.
Narrowleaf silkgrass, Golden aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: pigr4
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Semi-evergreen
Leaf Shape: Linear
Flower: Flowers 1 inch wide
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Will bloom better the more sun it gets.
DistributionUSA: 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 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.
Find Seed or Plants
View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Suppliers DirectoryAccording 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 BankLBJWC-1149 Collected 2007-12-06 in Montgomery County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pityopsis graminifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pityopsis graminifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pityopsis graminifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff