Lasthenia glabrata Lindl.
Yellowray Goldfields, Yellow-ray Goldfields, California Sunshine
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: LAGL4
A succulent, colony-forming winter annual, 8-24 in. high. Leaves are narrow. The 1/2-1 in. wide, bright-yellow, daisy-like flowers occur at the ends of long stems which become enlarged below the flower head.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Native Distribution: Central Valley & Coast Ranges of CA
Native Habitat: Vernal pools; hillsides; low, alkaline fields
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Heavy, alkaline soils.
Conditions Comments: In drier soils, goldfields is short and relatively unbranched. In its native range and habitat, goldfields reseeds freely.
BenefitUse Wildlife: One of the primary nectar sources for the endangered checkerspot butterfly.
Use Food: Seeds consumed by indigenous peoples.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Can be propagated only from seed. Sow outside in late fall. Seeds will germinate over the winter and flower in the warmth of spring.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
National Wetland Indicator Status
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 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Lasthenia glabrata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lasthenia glabrata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lasthenia glabrata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff