Townsendia florifera

Showy Townsendia

Rosette winter-hardy, with erect, spreading stems. Leaves ash gray, oval, entire, widest at tip end, 1/2–1 1/2 in. including long petiole. Stems leafy, often branched, topped with flower heads. Flower heads with 18–30 pink, pale lavender, or white ray flowers, each ray 1/4–1/2 in. long; many yellow disk flowers with projecting tufts of hair. Grows in gravelly and sandy places in sagebrush-steppe. Very similar T. parryi has flowers and basal leaves about 1/2 as big.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring, Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 2--8 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe
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  • Native: Yes