Thursday, September 18, 2014

Flower Friday: Flaveria adds a little "flavor" to mixed wildflower plantings.

Photo by Walter Taylor
Narrowleaf yellowtops (Flaveria linerias)

Narrowleaf yellowtops is a perennial, low-growing herbaceous shrub with a woody base. Its inflorescence is a showy corymb of bright yellow flowers that are somewhat flat-topped. Flowers are small but great in number. Its leaves are linear, sessile and oppositely arranged.

Narrowleaf yellowtops occur naturally in Florida's depression and basin marshes, wet prairies, pine rocklands, hydric hammocks, mangrove swamp and tidal marsh edges, and in disturbed or ruderal areas. It attracts many butterflies, bees and flower beetles.

Family: Asteraceae
Hardiness: North, Central and South Florida (Zones 8–11)
Soil: Well-drained, sandy and nutrient-poor soils
Exposure: Full sun to minimal shade
Growth habit: 2-3 feet tall, usually wider than tall
Garden tips: Narrowleaf yellowtops is a tough plant that has a high tolerance for stress. it does well in urban settings and areas where soil may be disturbed. It is highly salt- and drought-tolerant. Yellowtops can become weedy after flowering, so pruning is recommended. It is easily propagated from seed, as well as by division or cuttings. 

Because it is grows low and wide, it does well in mixed plantings and as a tall groundcover.

Narrowleaf yellowtops is often available at nurseries that specialize in native plants.Visit PlantRealFlorida.org to find a native nursery in your area. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.

To see where narrowleaf yellowtops  occurs naturally in Florida, visit www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2245.

Yellowtops used in mixed wildflower planting.
Photo by Ann McCormick

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