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Viguiera dentata (Sunflower goldeneye)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Viguiera dentata

Viguiera dentata (Cav.) Spreng.

Sunflower goldeneye, Plateau goldeneye, Toothleaf goldeneye, Goldeneye, Chimalacate

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: vide3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This 3-6 ft., open, bushy, much-branched plant tends to grow in colonies. Its leaves are narrow and its numerous yellow, 1 1/2 in., daisy-like flowers appear at the tips of long, slender, leafless stalks.

This extremely drought-tolerant plant grows 3 feet tall in sun, up to 6 feet tall in partial shade. The name Chimalacate is derived from Aztec/Nahuatl and means shield cane.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit:
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Oct , Nov

Distribution

USA: AZ , NM , TX
Native Distribution: Central TX w. to AZ, s. through Mex. to Central America; Cuba
Native Habitat: Woodlands edge, Opening, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Dry, calcareous soils. Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Caliche type, Limestone-based, Sandy.
Conditions Comments: Extremely drought-tolerant. Grows 3 ft. in sun; up to 6 ft. in partial shade. Great source of fall color. Let spent flower stalks stand through most of the winter to provide good seed forage for finches and other birds. Reseeds readily under favorable conditions.

Benefit

Use Ornamental: Blooms ornamental, Showy, Border, Perennial garden
Use Wildlife: Nectar-Bees, Nectar-Butterflies, Seeds-Granivorous birds, Cover.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Larval Host: Bordered patch butterfly, Cassius Blue butterfly
Deer Resistant: Minimal

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Viguiera dentata is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Cassius Blue
(Leptotes cassius)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA
Bordered Patch
(Chlosyne lacinia)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

Propagation

Propagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagate by seed sown in fall or early spring, tip cuttings, or root division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Finding Viguiera dentata seeds or plants.
November 09, 2009
I'm trying to locate seeds or plants of Viguiera Dentata, but have been unsuccessful. With the poliferation of these beautiful flowers this fall, I don't understand why I can't locate them. Do you ...
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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-216 Collected 2008-10-06 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Bibliography

Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
Bibref 765 - McMillen's Texas Gardening: Wildflowers (1998) Howard, D.
Bibref 354 - Native & Naturalized Woody Plants of Austin & the Hill Country (1981) Lynch, D.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2014-07-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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