paper-daisy Asteraceae Psilostrophe cooperi (A. Gray) Greene Listen to the Latin symbol: PSCO2 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, drought deciduous, very narrow, to 4 inches long, gray-green with dense pubescence.
Flower: Species is monoecious; bright yellow flowers, daisy like, 3/4 inch across appearing singly at the tips of branches, but drying to become paper-like and persisting; appearing March through September.
Fruit: Tufted, fluffy achenes, light brown, dried flower parts are persistent after seeds have dispersed.
Twig: Young twigs are slender, round, gray-green with dense pubescence.
Bark: Reddish brown to gray-brown, developing darker scaly ridges.
Form: Dense rounded shrub often arising from a single woody "trunk" reaching up to 2 feet tall.
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Additional Range Information:
Psilostrophe cooperi is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting paper-daisy.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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