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Layia platyglossa

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Layia (LAY-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: platyglossa (plat-ee-GLOSS-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Layia elegans

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CLScott On Oct 23, 2009, CLScott from Calgary
Canada wrote:

Tidy Tips daisies are an excellent wildflower. It grows quickly from seed and also reseeds itself. Here in Alberta, Canada, I would recommend doing two seedings : one in early spring and another in June. This would prolong the bloom season for this plant. It looks great when seeded near Lauren's Grape poppies.

Neutral flfarmgirl On Apr 24, 2009, flfarmgirl from Micanopy, FL wrote:

Grew to late for our weather. The flower is cute, but the foliage is a bit tattered from the rain. They came up very quickly and flowered in about 8 weeks! I'll try these again here in late fall.

Neutral macybee On Oct 12, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This genus of the daisy family consists of 15 species of annuals, native to western USA. They develop into small, mounding bushes with narrow, toothed or lobed leaves. From spring they bear a mass of small yellow daisy-like flowers.
Cultivation: They are best grown in full sun in rich, moist but well-drained soil and develop quickly. Sow seed in late winter or early spring and then thin out the seedlings to 18" spacing. They need feeding monthly and the roots should be kept moist.
Layia platyglossa - Tidy Tips
This Californian species, the only one widely cultivated has fine, grass-like foliage and in summer and fall is smothered in 2" golden flowerheads with white-tipped petals. The blooms are so profuse they can be regularly cut for indoor display, while leaving the summer garden a blaze of color. They also look spectacular in window boxes and other containers.
Zones 8-11

Positive Songbird839 On Jun 5, 2005, Songbird839 from Medicine Hat, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

Self seeds in Zone 3b.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

El Mirage, Arizona
Castro Valley, California
Concord, California
Long Beach, California
Malibu, California
San Anselmo, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Stockton, California
Micanopy, Florida
Barbourville, Kentucky
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Mathiston, Mississippi
Austin, Texas
Lampasas, Texas

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