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Pityopsis graminifolia var. graminifolia (Narrowleaf silkgrass)
Bloodworth, Stefan

Pityopsis graminifolia var. graminifolia

Pityopsis graminifolia (Michx.) Nutt. var. graminifolia

Narrowleaf Silkgrass, Grass-leaved Golden-aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Chrysopsis graminifolia, Chrysopsis nervosa, Heterotheca correllii, Heterotheca graminifolia, Heterotheca nervosa


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Silvery, grass-like leaves, to 1 ft. long, are topped by 2 in. clusters of bright-yellow, daisy-like flowers on 2-1/2 ft. stems.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 30 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
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AL , AR , DE , FL , GA , KY , LA , MD , MS , NC , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Native Distribution: DE to OH, s. to GA, TX & Mex.
Native Habitat: Dry, open sandy sites

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Poor, dry soils.
Conditions Comments: A tough, vigorous, evergreen ground cover that does poorly only if soils are too rich and damp.


Description: Seeds may be planted as soon as ripe or saved for spring planting.
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Pityopsis graminifolia var. graminifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pityopsis graminifolia var. graminifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pityopsis graminifolia var. graminifolia


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

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