Pityopsis gramnifolium - Silky golden aster
About eight species of Pityopsis
are native to North America from Canada
This species is native to the southeastern United States. Narrow grass-like
leaves rise from the ground about six inches. The leaves are covered in silvery
hairs. Bright yellow daisies are borne on spikes that rise above the foliage.
Plants slowly grow into tight clumps. According to Florida Ethnobotany (Daniel
F. Austin, 2004), it has been used by native Americans for treating a variety
See this plant in dry, sunny natural areas around campus.
Herbaceous perennial to twelve inches tall.
Light: full sun to part sun
Water: drought tolerant
Soil: adaptable to a wide pH range, well-drained
While it is cultivated elsewhere in Florida
for wildflower gardens, this native plant seems to be unavailable in northeast Florida nurseries. It is
an attractive plant with potential for use in local gardens. It forms tight
clumps and does not spread aggressively. Plant it in a sunny to partly sunny
site with good drainage.