Heterotheca villosa (Pursh) Shinners
Hairy False Goldenaster, Hairy Golden-aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: HEVI4
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: 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 ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Sandy
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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 DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Heterotheca villosa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Heterotheca villosa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Heterotheca villosa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: TWC Staff