Layia platyglossa (Fisch. & C.A. Mey.) A. Gray
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonym(s): Layia platyglossa ssp. campestris, Layia platyglossa var. breviseta, Layia ziegleri
USDA Symbol: lapl
The branched, stout, succulent stem of this annual is prostrate and 4-28 in. long. Numerous 2 in. wide, daisy-like flowers rise from the branches above fuzzy, light-green leaves. The ray flowers have three-toothed, white tips contrasting with deep-yellow petal bases. Tufted, dandelion-seed-like fruits succeed flowering.
The seeds of this plant are a favorite of birds.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Size Notes: Stems prostrate, up to about 28 inches long.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: CA , MA , UT
Native Distribution: Bay Region of CA, s. to s. CA
Native Habitat: Grassy coastal flats
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Poor, dry, sandy loams.
Conditions Comments: Dependable and easy to grow. At the end of summer, birds are apt to devour all seed unless protected. Lean soil is necessary to encourage flowering and keep plants from becoming leggy.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Seeds eagerly consumed by birds.
Use Food: Seeds harvested by indigenous people.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Broadcast seed in fall or early spring. Seeds have temperature-related afterripening and also requrie light for germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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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 Layia platyglossa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Layia platyglossa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Layia platyglossa
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-29
Research By: TWC Staff