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Pityopsis graminifolia

Common Name(s):
Narrow-leaf Silkgrass
Categories:
Groundcover, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Comment:

Native wildflower in the Asteraceae family. This is a tough, vigorous, evergreen ground cover that does poorly only if soils are too rich and damp. Its silvery green, grass-like leaves and tendency to colonize make it useful as a foreground plant and a ground cover. Its bright, daisy-like flowers are most abundant in full sun.  For a neat appearance, cut back just before new leaves emerge, in February.

Seasons of Interest:

    Bloom: Summer to Fall, August-November

Wildlife Value: Nectar in the flowers attracts butterflies and bees.  Members of the genus Pityopsis support the following specialized bee: Perdita (Hexaperdita) boltoniae.

Season:
Late summer through mid fall
Height:
1-3 ft.
Flower Color:
Bright yellow
Foliage:
Silvery, grass-like leaves, to 1 ft. long.
Flower:
2 in. clusters of bright-yellow, daisy-like flowers on 2 1/2 ft. stems.
Site:
Does not like soil that is too damp and rich. Prefers dry open sandy sites.
Texture:
Fine
Form:
Upright, clumping
Propagation:
Root division, seeds
Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade
Soil:
Dry, sandy
Regions:
Ranges from Delaware to Ohio, south to Georgia, Texas, and Mexico
Origin:
North America
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
sandy soil, bees, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, dry soil, wildlife, butterflies

NCCES plant id: 2859

Narrow-leaf Silkgrass Flower
Bob Peterson, CC BY - 2.0
Narrow-leaf Silkgrass Form
Eleanor, CC BY-NC-2.0