|Angelita Daisy. Tetraneuris acaulis.|
Glendale, Arizona, February 12. 2008.
Angelita Daisy. Tetraneuris acaulis, Aster or Sunflower Family ( Asteraceae ) also known as the Composite Family: ( Compositae ), Angelita Daisy. Also Called: Hymenoxys acaulis, Actinea acaulis, Gaillardia acaulis, Sundancer Daisy, Stemless Woollybase, Stemless Rubberweed, Perky Sue, Plains Hymenoxys, Lakeside Daisy, Manitoulin Gold, Rubberweed, or Stemless Hymenoxys.
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A perennial native to the southwestern USA, where it occurs most often at elevations from 4000–7000 feet, on dry rocky slopes and mesas. Angelita Daisy's foliage is green and the flower is a deep gold color. It forms rounded clumps up to 12 inches tall and 5 feet wide, Hymenoxys acaulis is often used as a border in front of larger shrubs.
In Phoenix, this plant blooms from late winter through early fall. Angelita daisy seems to prefer well-drained soils and full sun. It is very cold hardy, heat tolerant, and drought tolerant.
Height: Grows into in a loose mound up to about 1 foot tall and 3 - 5 feet wide.
Flowers: Two-inch, golden-yellow flower heads appear at the ends of branches. Flowers are composed of 5 to 15 oblong rays 0.12” to 0.8” long surrounding the golden disk 0.24” to 0.8” wide.
Blooming Time: February to November.
Leaves: Green thread-leaf foliage; alternate; simple; entire; has hairs at the base, 0.16” to 2.4” long, 0.04” to 0.32” wide.
Found: The USDA claims it is native to the USA (CO, ID, KS, MT, ND, NE, NM, OK, SD, TX, WY). Also native to Canada (AB, SK). Hymenoxys acaulis is also native to Chihuahua, & Coahuila Mexico. There is a sub species native to Arizona.
Elevation: 0 - 7,000 feet. Naturally at 4,500 to 7,500 Feet. Does well at lower elevations but needs water.
Soil pH requirements:
Habitat: Sandy, well-drained/light desert soils. An ideal xeriscape garden landscape plant in Arizona.
Miscellaneous: Flowering Photos Taken Glendale, Arizona, February 12. 2008.
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