Golden Dyssodia


Scientific Name:  Thymophylla pentachaeta

Common Name: Golden Dyssodia
Family: Asteraceae, Aster or Sunflower Family

Duration: Annual or perennial
Size: 4 to 10 inches tall.
Growth Form: Forb/herb, subshrub; erect or spreading, mounded or tufted profile, multiple stems, grayish-green or green, stem surfaces covered with dense or scattered hairs (pubescent) or completely devoid of surface hairs (glabrous).
Leaves: Green; leafy, mostly opposite, margins pinnately divided or lobed, narrowly linear or threadlike (filiform), lobes-glandular.
Flower Color: Yellow or golden-yellow; daisy-type flowers ½ inch, single radiate head on tip of leafless inflorescence up to 1 ½ inches long; ray flowers 8 to 20, numerous disk flowers; bracts (phyllaries) around "flower" heads is also glandular; fruit an achene.
Flowering Season: March to October, spring and throughout late summer and fall with monsoon rainfall.

Comments: This is an ideal landscape plant that attracts butterflies and provides a natural look in desert areas although it is self-seeding and will spread if not managed. This species has a longer blooming season with ample water and warmer winters. These wildflowers are fairly common in open or disturbed areas.