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Lasthenia glabrata (Yellowray goldfields)
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Lasthenia glabrata

Lasthenia glabrata Lindl.

Yellowray Goldfields, Yellow-ray Goldfields, California Sunshine

Asteraceae (Aster Family)


USDA Symbol: LAGL4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
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: Mar , Apr , May


Native Distribution: Central Valley & Coast Ranges of CA
Native Habitat: Vernal pools; hillsides; low, alkaline fields

Growing Conditions

Light 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.


Use Wildlife: One of the primary nectar sources for the endangered checkerspot butterfly.
Use Food: Seeds consumed by indigenous peoples.
Attracts: Butterflies

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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


Description: Can be propagated only from seed. Sow outside in late fall. Seeds will germinate over the winter and flower in the warmth of spring.
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

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

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.

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-29
Research By: TWC Staff

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