Asteraceae
Blepharipappus scaber

Blepharipappus

Slender, upright, branched annual, hairless to covered with short stiff hairs. Leaves alternate, sessile, usually pointed upward, 1–2 in., linear with rolled edges. Flower heads have 3–8 ray flowers, white with purple undersides, very wide, deeply lobed into 3 parts; 6–25 white disk flowers with purple anthers. Grows in dry soils, pine and juniper woodlands, disturbed places of steppe, at 3000–10,000 ft. Very similar to Layia glandulosa, which has yellow disk flowers. Pappus is Greek for "eyelash."

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 4--12 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, Disturbed, Meadow, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Steens, Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes