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Bahia absinthifolia (Hairyseed bahia)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Bahia absinthifolia

Bahia absinthifolia Benth.

Hairyseed Bahia, Hairy-seed False Goldfields, Bahia, Yerba Raton

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

An upright, white hairy perennial, 4-16 in. tall. Yellow radiate flowers occur at the end of long stems or branches.

Yerba Raton, an alternate name for this plant, means "mouse grass" in Spanish.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


Native Distribution: S. & w. TX to s.e. AZ & Mex.
Native Habitat: Mesas; slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Shallow, caliche soils.
Conditions Comments: Yerba raton means "mouse grass" in Spanish.


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2012-09-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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