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Carphephorus bellidifolius

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
kar-feh-FOR-us bel-lid-ee-FOH-lee-us
Description

Chaffhead is a native wildflower in the aster family. It is found in dry open wooded areas in the coastal plain and piedmont of the southeastern US. It prefers full sun to part shade in loose sandy soils and is drought tolerant. Chaffhead grows in clumps and reaches  1-2 feet tall and 1-3 feet wide.

The violet, pink to purple flowers appear in summer to fall and butterflies love them. Plant in well-drained soil in a native or pollinator garden.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#wildlife plant#NC native#pollinator plant#native wildflower#nectar plant fall#nectar plant summer#sandhills#butterfly friendly
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#deciduous#wildlife plant#NC native#pollinator plant#native wildflower#nectar plant fall#nectar plant summer#sandhills#butterfly friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Carphephorus
    Species:
    bellidifolius
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    S.E. U.S.A
    Distribution:
    GA , NC , SC , VA
    Wildlife Value:
    Butterflies are highly attracted to the nectar in the flowers.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Wildflower
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Corymb
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Description:
    The violet, pink to purple flower head contains many disc florets but no ray florets. Blooms June-October.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblanceolate
    Spatulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Green basal leaves vary in shape. They are 1.5- 7.5 inches long and gland-dotted.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies