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Narrowleaf silkgrass
Pityopsis graminifolia
Asteraceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and rock gardens.

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.

Dimensions: 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.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

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: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

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.

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.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Miramar Pineland Natural Area,
Broward County, Florida

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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