A North American species of flowering plant, Heterotheca Villosa, commonly known as hairy ‘Golden aster’. Hairy Golden aster was introduced to the Garden by Eloise Butler in the Spring of 1914 with the plants she sourced from Columbia Heights. Four varieties found in Minnesota. Differences are in the amount and type of leaf hair, shape of flower head, and showy-ness and number of florets. They usually bloom from June to October. Plant used as a ceremonial and sweathouse emetic for various ailments. Cold infusion of leaves used to kill a swallowed red ant.
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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