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          Viguiera dentata (Plateau goldeneye)
          Brundage, Stephanie

          Viguiera dentata

          Viguiera dentata (Cav.) Spreng.

          Plateau Goldeneye, Sunflower Goldeneye, Toothleaf Goldeneye, Chimalacate

          Asteraceae (Aster Family)


          USDA Symbol: VIDE3

          USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

          This 3-6 ft., open, bushy, much-branched plant tends to grow in colonies. Its leaves are narrow and its numerous yellow, 1 1/2 in., daisy-like flowers appear at the tips of long, slender, leafless stalks.

          This extremely drought-tolerant plant grows 3 feet tall in sun, up to 6 feet tall in partial shade. The name Chimalacate is derived from Aztec/Nahuatl and means shield cane.


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          Plant Characteristics

          Duration: Perennial
          Habit: Herb
          Size Class: 3-6 ft.

          Bloom Information

          Bloom Color: Yellow
          Bloom Time: Oct , Nov


          USA: AZ , NM , TX
          Native Distribution: Central TX w. to AZ, s. through Mex. to Central America; Cuba
          Native Habitat: Woodlands edge, Opening, Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas

          Growing Conditions

          Water Use: Medium
          Light Requirement: Part Shade
          Soil Moisture: Dry
          Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
          Soil Description: Dry, calcareous soils. Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Caliche type, Limestone-based, Sandy.
          Conditions Comments: Extremely drought-tolerant. Grows 3 ft. in sun; up to 6 ft. in partial shade. Great source of fall color. Let spent flower stalks stand through most of the winter to provide good seed forage for finches and other birds. Reseeds readily under favorable conditions.


          Use Ornamental: Blooms ornamental, Showy, Border, Perennial garden
          Use Wildlife: Nectar-Bees, Nectar-Butterflies, Seeds-Granivorous birds, Cover.
          Conspicuous Flowers: yes
          Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
          Larval Host: Bordered patch butterfly, Cassius Blue butterfly
          Deer Resistant: Minimal

          Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

          Cassius Blue
          (Leptotes cassius)

          Larval Host
          Learn more at BAMONA
          Bordered Patch
          (Chlosyne lacinia)

          Larval Host
          Learn more at BAMONA


          Propagation Material: Seeds
          Description: Propagate by seed sown in fall or early spring, tip cuttings, or root division.
          Seed Collection: Not Available
          Seed Treatment: Not Available
          Commercially Avail: yes

          Mr. Smarty Plants says

          Finding Viguiera dentata seeds or plants.
          November 09, 2009
          I'm trying to locate seeds or plants of Viguiera Dentata, but have been unsuccessful. With the poliferation of these beautiful flowers this fall, I don't understand why I can't locate them. Do you ...
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          From the National Organizations Directory

          According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

          Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
          Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
          Nueces River Authority - Uvalde, TX
          Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
          NPSOT - Austin Chapter - Austin, TX
          NPSOT - Williamson County Chapter - Georgetown, TX

          Wildflower Center Seed Bank

          LBJWC-216 Collected 2004-10-05 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

          1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


          Bibref 355 - Landscaping with Native Plants of Texas and the Southwest (1991) Miller, G. O.
          Bibref 765 - McMillen's Texas Gardening: Wildflowers (1998) Howard, D.
          Bibref 354 - Native & Naturalized Woody Plants of Austin & the Hill Country (1981) Lynch, D.
          Bibref 318 - Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region (2002) Wasowski, S. & A. Wasowski
          Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
          Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
          Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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          Additional resources

          USDA: Find Viguiera dentata in USDA Plants
          FNA: Find Viguiera dentata in the Flora of North America (if available)
          Google: Search Google for Viguiera dentata


          Record Modified: 2017-04-06
          Research By: TWC Staff

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