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Carphochaete bigelovii (Bigelow's bristlehead)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Carphochaete bigelovii

Carphochaete bigelovii A. Gray

Bigelow's Bristlehead, Bigelow Bush

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: CABI6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate , Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Linear , Oblanceolate
Fruit Type: Achene
Size Notes: Height, (8)2045(120+)[300] cm. (Webref 3).
Leaf: Leaf arrangement; typically opposite, occassionally alternate.
Fruit: Cypsela, yellow-green to golden brown. (Webref 3).
Size Class: 1-3 ft. , 3-6 ft. , 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Flowers 1520 mm, throats usually purplish, lobes creamy white. (Webref 3).


Native Distribution: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and in the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila and Sonora. (Webref 3).
Native Habitat: Sandy soils, rock outcrops in grasslands, chaparral, pine-oak woodlands. (Webref 3).

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Drought Tolerance: High


Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston

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Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2012-09-17
Research By: WMWW

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