Thelesperma filifolium (Asteraceae)
An erect, slender annual or short lived perennial native to the central and southern portions of the United States. A very drought tolerant species that produces a slender taproot. The multi-branching stems 1 to 3 feet in height are covered with narrow threadlike leaves. The urn-shaped buds droop prior to opening. Golden-yellow 1½ inch flowers surround a reddish-brown center. Many butterfly species use this plant as a primary nectar source. Requires full sun in dry, sandy, clay or calcareous soils. Self-sows freely. Deer do not seem to find this plant palatable.
Suggested Use: Mixes, rock gardens, xeriscapes, butterfly habitats.
Miscellaneous: Does not transplant well. Direct sow in areas you want the plant to become established.
Average Planting Success with this Species: 60%
Height: 1 - 3 feet
Germination: 20 - 45 days
Optimum Soil Temp. for Germination: 60°F - 70°F
Sowing Depth: 1/16"
Blooming Period: March-June
Average Seeds Per Pound: 125,172
Seeds/Pkt: 85 - covers 20 sq.ft.
1 Ounce Covers: 272 sq.ft.
Seeding Rate: 10 lbs per acre