HETEROTHECA villosa (Golden Aster) is a species of flowering plant in the aster family (Asteraceae), commonly known as hairy ‘Golden aster’. Golden Aster is native to North America and is primarily found in the central and western regions of the United States and Mexico. It thrives in open, sunny areas such as prairies, meadows, grasslands, and disturbed sites.
Heterotheca villosa is a perennial herbaceous plant that typically grows to a height of about 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 centimeters). It has hairy stems and leaves, which give it the common name "Hairy False Goldenaster." The leaves are linear or lance-shaped and are arranged alternately along the stems. The plant produces numerous small, daisy-like flowers with yellow petals and yellow or reddish-brown centers.
Heterotheca villosa typically blooms from late summer to early fall, producing an abundance of golden-yellow flowers. The blooming period can vary slightly depending on the specific geographic location and environmental conditions.
The Golden Aster plays a crucial role in supporting native pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other insects. The flowers provide a nectar source, attracting these beneficial pollinators and supporting their populations. Additionally, the plant serves as a food source for some herbivorous insects and a shelter for small animals.
Heterotheca villosa can be grown in gardens and landscapes, particularly in areas with a similar climate to its native range. It prefers well-drained soils and full sun exposure. The plant is relatively low-maintenance and can tolerate dry conditions, making it suitable for xeriscaping or water-wise gardening.
Conservation Status: The conservation status of Heterotheca villosa varies across its range. In some areas, it may be listed as a species of concern due to habitat loss or other threats. It's important to consult local conservation authorities or plant databases to determine the specific conservation status in a given region.
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Scientific Name: Heterotheca Villosa
Common Name: Golden Aster
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: California, Midwest, Illinois, Texas, Oregon, Colorado, Canada
Native Habitats: Open plains, rocky, slopes, cliffs
Full Growth Height: 12-24"
Spread: 12-24 "
Exposure: Requires Full Sun
Blooming Season: Late Summer, Early spring
Shape: Leaves are narrow and lanced-shaped, grow densely, wavy edges
Flower Color: Yellow flowers with orange-brown disc
Resistant: Drought Tolerant
Water Requirement: Low
Characteristics: Fragrant, Showy
Soil Type: Well-drained, Sandy, Dry
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Garden Uses: Beds and borders, Gravel and rock garden