Narrowleaf silkgrass
Pityopsis graminifolia
Asteraceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and rock gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Native plant nurseries. Available in Groveland at Green Isle Gardens (321-436-4932) and in Lake Worth at Amelia's SmartyPlants (561-540-6296).
Description:
Small to medium herbaceous wildflower.
Height:
About 1-3 feet in height; more when in flower. Usually taller than broad, but sometimes falling over and forming small patches.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Southeastern United States west to Texas and south to the Monroe County Keys; Bahamas. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.
Habitats:
Pinelands and prairies.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Yellow.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
Spring-fall.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous achene.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed and division.
Comments:
A species with significant morphological variation; local sources are best used. Good for cut flowers.


James Johnson, 2000
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida
Roger L. Hammer
George D. Gann
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton