Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Psilostrophe (photo courtesy of Cristina Lichti/Alamy)
Psilostrophe (photo courtesy of Cristina Lichti/Alamy)

Click to Enlarge

Zone
Zones vary by species.
Full Sun
Full
Minimal Water
Minimal

Psilostrophe

Paper Flower

Perennials, Flowers

The 1-in. yellow flowers on these short-lived, mounding perennials become papery and tan as they dry in place. They extend the show but eventually give plants a ragged look that is easily corrected with light shearing.

Flowers peak in spring, with repeat bloom coming after summer rains or irrigation (but regular watering reduces bloom, and poor drainage kills the plants).

Psilostrophe cooperi

Native to 2,000–5,000-ft. elevations in the desert mountains of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and northern Mexico. Grows into a mound 12–18 in. tall and twice as wide, with whitish stems and narrow green leaves.

Psilostrophe tagetina

Native to 4,000–7,000-ft. elevations in the desert mountains of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, and northern Mexico. Grows into a 2-ft. mound. Similar to P. cooperi, but with slightly larger leaves. Self-sows.

You Might Also Like...

Alchemilla mollis ‘Thriller’

Shiny, gray-green leaves contrast nicely with golden yellow blooms on a plant that can reach...

Ixiolirion tataricum

From Asia Minor to central Siberia. Wiry, 12–16-in. stems rise from a clump of narrow gray-green...

Camellia x williamsii ‘Brigadoon’

Vigorous upright shrub with rather pendulous branches. Very large, semidouble flowers are rich pink wi...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More

Advertisement