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Heterotheca villosa var. villosa (Hairy false goldenaster)
Anderson, Wynn

Heterotheca villosa var. villosa

Heterotheca villosa (Pursh) Shinners var. villosa

Hairy False Goldenaster, Golden-aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Chrysopsis mollis, Chrysopsis villosa


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

Golden-aster stems often sprawl on the ground, forming clumps 6-16 in. tall depending on moisture. The narrow, gray-green leaves of this perennial are covered with short hairs. Numerous, many-petaled, yellow, aster-like flowers occur atop the branched stems.

Self-seeds may be invasive.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 16 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 , Nov


USA: CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , OR , SD , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , SK
Native Distribution: B.C. to s.w. IN, s. to CA & TX
Native Habitat: Sandy prairies; brushy sites; open slopes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Self-seeds in cultivation and may be invasive.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Butterflies


Description: Seeds germinate well. Tip cuttings in vermiculite will root in a heated frame.
Seed Treatment: Germination can be increased to 100% following stratification but germination is quite high without treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes

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


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

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