Sunday, August 07, 2011

Hairy False Goldenaster

Hairy False Goldenaster
Heterotheca villosa var. scabra
(het-er-oh-THEEK-uh) (vil-OH-suh)

It’s not too often I come across a flower around here that I have no idea what it is. This was one I spotted last week and was happy it had a tag for identification purposes. The bright, clear yellow was nice to see on a somewhat cloudy day. The plants were about 2.5 feet tall and the foliage had kind of a velvety down on them. I want to be sure to announce that this free seeder is considered invasive and is also considered a weed in some places. We could all use a few more weeds like this! This plant is good for xeriscaping as it is drought tolerant. If you don’t want any seedlings just deadhead the flowers to control it. This flower is mostly native to the Western United States and Canada.

Since it is Sunday come join us at Today’s Flowers .

Bonus Picture!

False Sunflower

Not sure exactly what this flower is but it seemed like Heliopsis is a good guess. It was also lighting up the cloudy landscape.


DeniseinVA said...

More beautiful wildflowers and thank you so much for that bonus picture too.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Beautiful, rich buttery gold flowers! Stunning!