Friday, January 15, 2016

Flower Friday: Coastalplain goldenaster produces clusters of lustrous flowers.

Photo by Lisa Roberts
Coastalplain goldenaster
(Chrysopsis scabrella)

Click on terms for botanical definitions. 

Coastalplain goldenaster is a biennial herbaceous wildflower. Typically, a single flower stalk will arise from a basal rosette of leaves (pictured), and produce one or more flat-topped and many-flowered inflorescence. Individual flowers are compound and consist of yellow-orange disk florets surrounded by bright yellow ray florets. Basal leaves are whitish-green, pubescent and spatulate with toothed margins. Stem leaves are sessile and scabrous (hence the species name scabrella). They are alternately arranged. Both flowers and leaves are often sticky to the touch. Lower leaves tend to dry out as the plant matures.

Coastalplain goldenaster typically blooms from late summer into late fall, but last week, many were spotted blooming at PEAR Park in Lake County. It occurs naturally in sandhills, scrub, flatwoods and ruderal areas.
Photo by Lisa Roberts

Worldwide, there are 11 species of Chrysopsis, all of which are found in Florida. 

Chrysopsis comes from the Greek chrysos, meaning "golden," and opsis, meaning "likeness or appearance," referring to the color of the flower.

Family: Asteraceae (Composite or daisy family)
Native range: Peninsular Florida south into Collier and Broward counties
Hardiness: Zones 8-10
Soil: Dry, sandy soils
Exposure: Full sun to minimal shade
Growth habit: 2-3' tall
Propagation: Seed
Garden tips: Coastalplain goldenaster is easy to grow and maintain in a landscape setting, but it is rarely available commercially. When in bloom, it is striking due to its many bright flowers.
Basal rosette of leaves. Photo by Shirley Denton.

To see where coastalplain goldenaster occurs naturally, click here.

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