Saturday, February 4, 2012


Chrysopsis mariana ( Maryland Golden-Aster )
A vigorous perennial, reaching a maximum size of 3 x 3 feet, that is native to open woods and dry meadows the eastern U.S. ( from northwest Louisiana to southern Ohio to central New York State; south to far eastern Texas to southern Florida ). It is endangered in New York and Pennsylvania.
The lance-shaped or obovate leaves are up to 6 x 1.5 inches in size. The foliage is silvery.
The showy, bright yellow flowers, up to 2 inches across, are borne late summer to mid-autumn. The flowers are followed by fluffy seed heads.
Hardy zones 4 to 7 ( 8 & 9 for southern seed source ) in full sun to partial shade on dry, sandy to loamy, well drained soil. It is very tolerant of drought and extreme heat. Plants can be cut back during early summer for a shorter, sturdier habit. Propagation is from root division or seed.


* photos taken on Sep 16 2016 @ Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, MD

* photos taken on Sep 18 2016 @ Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, MD

* historic archive photo

Chrysopsis villosa ( Hairy Golden-Aster )
Also called Heterotheca villosa. Similar to C. mariana but taller ( reaching up to 5 feet ) with less showy blooms. It is native to dry prairie in western and central North America ( from British Columbia to Edmonton, Alberta to southern Saskatchewan to southern Manitoba to Kenora, Ontario to central Wisconsin; south to northern Oregon to Colorado to Kansas to Indiana ).
The oblong leaves, up to 2 x 0.5 inches in size, are gray-green.
The bright yellow flowers, up to 1 inch wide, are borne during mid-summer.
Hardy zones 3 to 8 in full sun on sandy, well drained soil. Very drought tolerant.

* photo taken by Patrick J. Alexander @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

'Golden Sunshine'
Reaches up to 5 feet, bearing abundant, golden-yellow flowers.

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