Psilostrophe tagetina (Nutt.) Greene
Woolly Paperflower, Paperflower
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: PSTA
Woolly paper-flower is a low, shaggy-haired perennial with several much-branched stems forming a clump 1-1 1/2 ft. high. Clusters of yellow, daisy-like flowers cover the plant. The flowers remain for several months, eventually turning brownish or whitish and papery.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial , Biennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Size Notes: Four to 12 inches in height - occasionally to 24 inches.
Flower: Ray and disc flowers in radiate capitula.
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: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AZ , CO , KS , NM , OK , TX , UT
Native Distribution: W. TX to s.e. UT, s. to n. Mex.
Native Habitat: Open plains; mesas; 4000 to 7000 ft
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky or sandy soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam Medium Loam, Clay, Clay Loam
Conditions Comments: This short-lived perennial requires very little water to maintain blooming. It makes an excellent border or specimen plant.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Showy, Long-blooming
Use Wildlife: Nectar-Bees, Nectar-Butterflies, Nectar-insects
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagate by seed. Seedlings bloom the second year.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
BibliographyBibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
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 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
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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 Psilostrophe tagetina in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Psilostrophe tagetina in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Psilostrophe tagetina
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-13
Research By: TWC Staff