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Heterotheca canescens (Hoary false goldenaster)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Heterotheca canescens

Heterotheca canescens (DC.) Shinners

Hoary False Goldenaster, Gray Golden-aster

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Chrysopsis berlandieri, Chrysopsis canescens, Chrysopsis villosa var. canescens

USDA Symbol: heca8

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Retention: Semi-evergreen
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 Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: KS , MO , NM , OK , TX

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Conditions Comments: Use as a low growing plant for a border, in a potted arrangement, in a short meadow or in a mass as a groundcover. The low mat of silvery foliage contrasts nicely both in color and in texture with other plants. Cut back plants in winter to basal rosettes. Good nectar source for small butterflies.


Use Medicinal: The Cheyenne boiled the tops and stems and used the resulting extract as a sedative to aid sleep.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Butterflies
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: Moderate


Propagation Material: Softwood Cuttings
Description: Take cuttings as early as February throughout spring. Blooms late summer to fall.

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From the National Organizations Directory

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

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0100 Collected Nov. 10, 1990 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
NPSOT 0257 Collected Jul 26, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
NPSOT 0144 Collected Oct 8, 1991 in Bexar County by Lottie Millsaps
NPSOT 0478 Collected Jul 30, 1993 in Atascosa County by Louise Morrell

4 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-ENH-3 Collected 2009-07-26 in Lampasas County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
LBJWC-215 Collected 2008-08-26 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

2 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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


Record Modified: 2022-12-28
Research By: TWC Staff

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