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Grindelia papposa (Spanish gold)
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Grindelia papposa

Grindelia papposa G.L. Nesom & Suh

Spanish Gold, Clasping-leaved Haplopappus, Saw-leaf Daisy

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Grindelia ciliata, Haplopappus ciliatus, Prionopsis ciliata

USDA Symbol: GRPA8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This rank-growing, bushy plant, up to 5 feet tall, has alternate leaves 1-1 3/4 inches long and half as wide, spiny-toothed, and clasping the stem half way around or more. It has a strong odor, neither pleasing nor disagreeable. The many rows of tough, green bracts that surround the flower head are quite attractive when it is in bud. The flower head is yellow, with 20-30 narrow, pointed ray flowers and many yellow disc flowers.


From the Image Gallery

14 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall, often much shorter.
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: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AR , AZ , CA , CO , IA , IL , KS , LA , MI , MO , NE , NM , OK , TX

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

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.

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0068 Collected July 21, 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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