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Madia elegans (Common madia)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Madia elegans

Madia elegans D. Don ex Lindl.

Common Madia, Elegant Madia

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Slender, erect leafy stems have mostly yellow flower heads at the ends of branches in the upper part.

Species of Madia (a Chilean name for a species once grown for the oil in its seeds) are covered with sticky, glandular hairs and are often called tarweed. The heads of many, including those of Elegant Madia, close at night.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: CA , NV , OR , WA
Native Distribution: Southwestern Washington to Baja California.
Native Habitat: Dry, open, usually grassy places, often along roadsides.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

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

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed 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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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