Xylorhiza wrightii (A. Gray) Greene
Big Bend Woodyaster, Terlingua Aster, Gyp Daisy, Gypsum Daisy, Big Bend Aster
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Aster wrightii, Machaeranthera wrightii, Townsendia wrightii
USDA Symbol: XYWR
The gyp daisy’s stems, woody near the base, are covered with sticky hairs. Leaves are widest near the tip and sometimes have spiny teeth. The flower heads, usually slightly cupped, are on long stems and have 20-30 lavender ray flowers about 3/4 inch long. Disc flowers are yellow (248).
The species name of this plant is for Charles Wright, 1811-1885, world-wide botanical collector but mainly in Texas (1837-1952), Cuba and his native Connecticut.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
Bloom Notes: Ray florets rarely white.
Native Distribution: West Texas south into Chihuahua
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Xylorhiza wrightii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Xylorhiza wrightii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Xylorhiza wrightii
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-08-19
Research By: TWC Staff