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PlantFiles: Small Palafoxia
Palafoxia callosa

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Palafoxia (pal-uh-FOKS-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: callosa (kal-OH-suh) (Info)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:

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

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Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive scubamom On Oct 8, 2012, scubamom from Gregory, TX wrote:

Large groups of these can be seen along Highway 281 between Spring Branch and Blanco Texas. Also along FM 306 near 281. Gorgeous, light, and airy. Very striking and pretty.

Positive jameso On Oct 25, 2011, jameso from Longview, TX wrote:

I was in east Texas digging up a plant and as an after thought pulled up two of these plants. The next day I was in the process of taking them out of a bucket of water to plant them and noticed 5 butterfly catapillers on them. Right now I'm assuming they were pearly crescenspots.

Neutral prosdokaobasile On Oct 9, 2011, prosdokaobasile from Chapel Hill, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This volunteered in my gardens. I didn't know what it was at first but then flowered and then I stumbled upon it here at DG. The plant is long and stringy so would do well with other plants that would help support it but the flowers are petite and a nice shade of pink. In the county, they grow in full sun (not much choice) but in my yards, the front got afternoon sun and in the back, got morning sun. Not much difference in the different settings.

Neutral greenneck On Aug 27, 2011, greenneck from Paoli, IN wrote:

The hotter and drier its habitat, the happier it is. Mine grows in almost pure crushed limestone on southwest facing hillside, and it romps!

Positive indirt On Sep 8, 2006, indirt from Hico, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

very pretty, very dainty If I had enough of it, I'd use it as a small filler for fresh arrangements. I wish I knew more about how to grow it.


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

Paoli, Indiana
Arlington, Texas
Gregory, Texas
Midland, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas

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