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Layia platyglossa (photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia)
Layia platyglossa (photo courtesy of Jerry Pavia)

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Zones 1-10, 14-24
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Minimal Water
Minimal

Layia platyglossa

Tidytips

Annuals, Flowers

A classic spring wildflower, this California native crops up in lowland meadows and grasslands, where it covers itself with 2-in. yellow daisies tipped in white. Clumps grow to 5–16 in. high and wide. Narrow, hairy, gray-green leaves reach 1 1/4 in. long; lower leaves are toothed or lobed, upper ones smooth-edged. In cool-summer climates, flowering continues into early summer.

Takes poor and rather heavy soils (but not standing water). Prepare soil as for any garden bed; seeds are usually sown in fall but can also be planted in early spring. Self-sows and will naturalize on banks or in other well-drained sites as long as competition from grasses is minimal. Very drought-tolerant; give occasional water if winter rains fail.

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