VIGUIERA multiflora (Showy Goldeneye) is a perennial flowering plant native to the central and southern United States, spanning from Texas and New Mexico up to Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. It belongs to the Asteraceae family, which includes sunflowers and daisies.
Description: Showy goldeneye is a herbaceous plant that typically grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet (0.3 to 0.9 meters). It has an upright growth habit with multiple branching stems. The leaves are alternate, lanceolate to oblong in shape, and have a gray-green color. The plant produces bright yellow, daisy-like flowers with prominent golden-yellow centers. The flowers are about 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) in diameter.
Viguiera multiflora is commonly found in open, sunny habitats such as prairies, meadows, and roadsides. It prefers well-drained soils and can tolerate dry conditions. It is a low-maintenance plant that thrives in full sun and well-drained soils.
The plant blooms from late spring to fall, typically from May to October. The bright yellow flowers are arranged in clusters at the tips of the stems and attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other insects. After pollination, the flowers produce small, dry fruits called achenes, which are dispersed by wind.
Viguiera multiflora is an important plant for pollinators and provides nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies, and other insects. It is also a host plant for the caterpillars of some butterfly species, such as the bordered patch (Chlosyne lacinia).
Showy goldeneye is cultivated in native plant gardens, wildflower meadows, and naturalistic landscapes. Its bright yellow flowers add color and attract pollinators to the garden.
Overall, Viguiera multiflora (showy goldeneye) is a beautiful native plant that adds color and ecological value to natural landscapes and gardens. Its vibrant yellow flowers and ability to support pollinators make it a popular choice for those interested in creating wildlife-friendly habitats.
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Scientific Name: Viguiera Multiflora
Common Name: Showy Goldeneye
Plant Type: Perennials
Zone: 4 to 9
Native Range: South-western N. America - New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and California.
Full Growth Height: 24-48"
Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Blooming Season: Summer (Late), Early Fall
Flower Color: Yellow
Tolerate: Deer, Wet Soil
Water Requirement: Average, High
Soil Type: Sand, Clay, Loam, Well-Drained, Moist
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Uses: Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Bee Gardens, Coastal Gardens