LASTHENIA glabrata (Goldfields) is a species of flowering plant in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). Goldfields are native to California and can be found in grasslands, meadows, and open areas, particularly in regions with clay or sandy soils. They are well-adapted to the Mediterranean climate of California.
Lasthenia glabrata is an annual herb that typically grows to a height of 4 to 10 inches (10 to 25 centimeters). It has delicate, finely divided leaves and produces bright yellow flowers. The flowers are daisy-like with disk florets in the center and ray florets around the edges.
Goldfields typically bloom in spring, with the flowering period lasting for a few weeks. The vibrant yellow flowers create a striking display across the landscape.
Goldfields are often grown from wildflower seeds in native plant gardens or naturalized areas. They prefer full sun exposure and well-drained soil. In garden settings, the soil can be amended with organic matter to improve drainage. Watering should be done sparingly, as Goldfields are adapted to dry conditions.
Goldfields can be propagated from seeds. Sow the seeds directly in the garden bed in fall or early spring. The seeds require exposure to cold temperatures for successful germination, mimicking natural conditions. Adequate moisture is crucial during the germination period.
Goldfields are valued for their bright yellow flowers, which provide a burst of color to meadows, wildflower gardens, and other naturalized areas. They are also important for their ecological value, as they attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Some species of Goldfields, including Lasthenia glabrata, are protected or considered rare in their native range due to habitat loss and fragmentation. It is important to consult local conservation authorities or plant databases to determine the specific conservation status and guidelines for cultivation in a given area.
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Scientific Name: Lasthenia Glabrata
Common Name: Goldfields
Plant Type: Annual
Habitats: Heavy Soils, Vernal Pools, Low Alkaline Field.
Native Range: Native and limited to California
Spread: 7-12 "
Exposure: Needs full Sun
Blooming Season: Late spring, Early Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Well-drained soil, can grow in nutritionally poor soil
Soil pH: 6.0 to 8.0
Uses: The seeds can be parched and eaten dry or made into powder