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Packera plattensis (Nutt.) W.A. Weber & Á. Löve
Prairie Groundsel, Prairie Ragwort
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Senecio plattensis, Senecio pseudotomentosus
USDA Symbol: PAPL12
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Biennial or short-lived perennial, occasionally spreading by stolons to form colonies. Stems usually single and branching above, 1-2 ft. tall. The large basal leaves, small upper stem leaves and stem are densely pubescent. The plant is topped by clusters of yellow, aster-like flowers.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Biennial
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 InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: AR , AZ , CO , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MI , MN , MO , MT , NC , ND , NE , NM , OH , OK , PA , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY
Canada: BC , MB , NT , ON , QC , SK
Native Distribution: PA & s. Ont. to Sask. & s.c. MT, s. to LA, TX & KS
Native Habitat: Dry prairies; roadsides
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Dry soils.
PropagationCommercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Packera plattensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Packera plattensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Packera plattensis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-30
Research By: TWC Staff