San Diego sunflower Asteraceae Viguiera
laciniata A. Gray symbol: VILA3
Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen (drought deciduous), lanceolate to deltoid, 2 to 3 inches long, entire margins; shiny above, silvery gray with pubescence below.
Flower: Very attractive bright yellow daisy-like flowers, each 2 inches across, appearing at the ends of twigs on long stalks (elevating the flowers well above leaves); appearing with adequate moisture throughout the year.
Fruit: A composite of small achenes.
Twig: Barely woody, light reddish gray, young twigs are gray fuzzy.
Bark: Gray and shallowly furrowed.
Form: Small mounding shrub up to 5 feet tall and equally as wide.
Additional Range Information: Viguiera laciniata is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting San Diego sunflower.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)