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Heterotheca villosa (Hairy false goldenaster)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Heterotheca villosa

Heterotheca villosa (Pursh) Shinners

Hairy False Goldenaster, Hairy Golden-aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: HEVI4

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

A round plant with erect or spreading leafy stems, with yellow flower heads in branched clusters. Stem covered with rough, grayish hairs.

This species and its close relatives, distinguished by their hairiness, are so common in the West that they are difficult to overlook. They are everywhere in dry places, often in very showy displays.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Size Notes: Up to about 28 inches tall.
Leaf: Gray-Green
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: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OK , OR , SD , TX , UT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , ON , SK
Native Distribution: From Canada to southern California and Baja California; east to Texas, Nebraska, and Wisconsin; south into Coahuila and Nuevo Leon in northeastern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Open plains, rocky slopes, cliffs, from low elevations into coniferous forests.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Sandy


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-28
Research By: TWC Staff

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