Palafoxia hookeriana Torr. & A. Gray
Sand Palafox, Showy Palafox, Hooker Palafoxia, Sand Palafoxia, Hooker's Palafoxia
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: PAHO
Sand Palafox grows 16-40 inches tall and is unbranched except for the numerous flower stems on the upper third. It is lightly covered with hair, and somewhat sticky. Leaves are 4 inches long or less and 3/4 inch wide. Flower heads have 8-12 rose-colored ray flowers, deeply 3-toothed and about 1/2 inch long, and many rose-colored disc flowers (248).
This genus is named after José de Palafox y Melzi, Duke of Saragossa (1776–1847), a Spanish captain-general, in the war against the invading armies of Napoleon.
The species is named for William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865), who was Director of Kew Gardens from 1841-1865. He wrote “Flora boreali-americana” and many other works. He was founder and editor of “Journal of Botany”.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: MS , TX
Native Habitat: Dunes
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Limestone-based
Conditions Comments: Sand palafox is unbranched except for the numerous flower stems. It is lightly covered with hair, and somewhat sticky. Flower heads have 8–12 rose-colored ray flowers. Blooming can be increased and prolonged by prunning and dead heading.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Wildflower meadow, Rocky hillside
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
National Butterfly Center - Mission, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1321 Collected 2009-09-27 in Montgomery County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 765 - McMillen's Texas Gardening: Wildflowers (1998) Howard, D.
Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Palafoxia hookeriana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Palafoxia hookeriana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Palafoxia hookeriana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2018-09-17
Research By: TWC Staff