Aphanostephus skirrhobasis (DC.) Trel.
Lazy Daisy, Arkansas Lazy Daisy, Arkansas Doze-daisy
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: APSK
The blossom of the native Lazy daisy is like a smaller version of the Ox-eye daisy, Leucanthemum vulgare, which is native to western Eurasia. Lazy daisy grows to 2 feet high, and the flower heads are 1-2 inches across, 1 flower to a stem. The 20-45 ray flowers are 1/2 inch long, narrow, white to pink, and often deep red on the underside. The center is yellow. Leaves are alternate, 1/2-2 1/2 inches long, the lower ones sharply toothed, the upper ones smooth. Stems and leaves have soft hairs.
Flowers are closed all morning, opening by midday and giving the plant its common name.
From the Image Gallery
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Root Type: Tap
Size Notes: 1-2 feet.
Flower: Flowers 1 to 2 inches
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AR , FL , KS , LA , NM , OK , TX
Native Distribution: FL to TX & s.c. KS, s. to Mex.
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannahs, Woodlands edge, Opening
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Dry, sandy soil. Sandy, Caliche type, Sandy Loam
Conditions Comments: The blossom of the lazy daisy is like a smaller version of the ox-eye daisy. Flowers are closed all morning, opening by mid-day. The 20-45 ray flowers are 1/2 inch long, narrow, white to pink, and often deep red on the underside. The center is yellow. Leaves are alternate, 1/2-2 1/2 inches long, the lower ones sharply toothed, the upper ones smooth. Stems and leaves have soft hairs.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Pocket prairie, Garden
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Seed sown in early fall or early spring
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Order seed of this species from Native American Seed and help support the Wildflower Center.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
BibliographyBibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Search More Titles in Bibliography
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Aphanostephus skirrhobasis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aphanostephus skirrhobasis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aphanostephus skirrhobasis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-05-14
Research By: TWC Staff