|Paper Flower, Psilostrophe cooperi.|
|Paper Flower, Psilostrophe cooperi.||Paper Flower, Psilostrophe cooperi.|
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Paper Flower, Psilostrophe cooperi is a low growing, spreading, perennial bush; with pale green, hairy foliage. Its daisylike flower heads have 3 to 8 deeply toothed golden-yellow ray florets. The flower heads are often bunched together at the tops of the stems in a rounded spray.
The flowers persist for a time and then dry and become papery while maintaining their yellow color. Thus, their common name, Paper Flower.
Height: Up To About 24" Tall.
Flowers: Yellow flowers on stem terminals. When they dry they become paperlike. One inch wide flowers with 3 lobes on each end.
Flowering Time: March - Sept following rains.
Leaves: Very slender, linear up to 2 inches long and up to 1/2 inch wide, alternate, green top, underside silver, hairy when young.
Found: Native to the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of California, the Southwestern United States, and northwestern Mexico. Found throughout lower elevations in Arizona.
Soil pH requirements:
Elevation: 492 and 4,921 feet.
Habitat: Rocky slopes, mesas, sandy river bottoms, and washes in the deserts, and desert grassland ranges. An ideal xeriscape landscape plant in Arizona.
Miscellaneous: Flowering Photos Taken June 13, 2003. Date Creek, Arizona.
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