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Marcus, Joseph A.
Viguiera dentata (Cav.) Spreng.
Sunflower goldeneye, Plateau goldeneye, Toothleaf goldeneye, Goldeneye, Chimalacate
USDA Symbol: vide3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Oct , Nov
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 USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater 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.
Blooms ornamental, Showy, Border, Perennial
garden Use Wildlife:
Nectar-Bees, Nectar-Butterflies, Seeds-Granivorous birds, Cover. Conspicuous Flowers:
Birds , Butterflies Larval Host:
Bordered patch butterfly, Cassius Blue butterfly Deer Resistant:
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
PropagationPropagation 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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Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-216
Collected 2008-10-06 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2010-10-23
Research By: TWC Staff