Host an Event Volunteer Join Tickets

Support the plant database you love!


Plant Database

Search for native plants by scientific name, common name or family. If you are not sure what you are looking for, try the Combination Search or our Recommended Species lists.

Enter a Plant Name:
Or you can choose a plant family:
Agoseris aurantiaca (Orange agoseris)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Agoseris aurantiaca

Agoseris aurantiaca (Hook.) Greene

Orange Agoseris

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: AGAU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

From a basal cluster of leaves grow several leafless stalks with milky sap, topped by coppery-orange flower heads.

This plant is easily recognized. It is the only orange-flowered Agoseris. The leaves can be used as greens, cooked or uncooked. The flowers can be used to make beverages such as Dandelion beer and wine.


From the Image Gallery

2 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Size Notes: Leaves erect to decumbent, up to about 15 inches long.
Leaf: Green
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Orange , Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Flowers are typically orange, occasionally yellow, pink, red or purple. Rarely white.


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , NT , QC
Native Distribution: Western Canada to California and New Mexico.
Native Habitat: Meadows and grassy openings in coniferous forests in the mountains.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Loam


Use Food: The leaves can be used as greens, cooked or uncooked. The flowers can be used to make beverages such as Dandelion beer and wine.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

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.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-10-31
Research By: TWC Staff

Go back