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Nothocalais cuspidata (Sharppoint prairie-dandelion)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Nothocalais cuspidata

Nothocalais cuspidata (Pursh) Greene

Sharppoint Prairie-dandelion, Wavy-leaf Prairie-dandelion, Prairie Dandelion

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Agoseris cuspidata, Microseris cuspidata


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

Basal tufts of 4-8 in., grass-like leaves surround stout, leafless flowering stalks that may be 18 in. high. The terminal, yellow, dandelion-like flower becomes purple with age.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 18 inches 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 , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: CO , IA , IL , KS , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NM , NY , OK , SD , TX , WI , WY
Canada: AB , MB , SK
Native Distribution: WI to WY & s.w. MT, s. to OK, TX Panhandle & NM
Native Habitat: Prairies; stony hills

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Various well-drained soils.


Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Description: Set seed in soil or propagate by root cuttings or divisions of mature plants.
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 Nothocalais cuspidata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Nothocalais cuspidata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Nothocalais cuspidata


Record Modified: 2022-12-30
Research By: TWC Staff

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