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Psilostrophe tagetina (Woolly paperflower)
Anderson, Wynn

Psilostrophe tagetina

Psilostrophe tagetina (Nutt.) Greene

Woolly Paperflower, Paperflower

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial , Biennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Inflorescence: Head
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 Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: 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 Conditions

Water 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.


Use Ornamental: Showy, Long-blooming
Use Wildlife: Nectar-Bees, Nectar-Butterflies, Nectar-insects
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Propagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagate by seed. Seedlings bloom the second year.
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:

Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX


Bibref 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 Reference

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

Additional resources

USDA: Find Psilostrophe tagetina in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Psilostrophe tagetina in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Psilostrophe tagetina


Record Modified: 2023-01-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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