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PlantFiles: Narrowleaf Goldshower
Galphimia angustifolia

Family: Malpighiaceae
Genus: Galphimia (gal-FIM-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: angustifolia (an-gus-tee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow

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

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral htop On May 8, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant; however. I have observed it in its native habitat.

Narrowleaf Goldshower (Galphimia angustifolia) is a native plant that is endemic to Texas. It usually grows in rocky limestone soils from the Edwards Plateau Region south to Mexico in open or lightly wooded areas and open rocky slopes. Preferring to be sheltered from the hot afternoon sun, it requires some morning sun to prosper so it can be found at the edges of woodlands. It typically occurs in very small colonies. A subshrub that has a semi-woody base, it has a hard woody root, numerous erect stems and attains a height between 6 and 12 inches. Being a plant that is small in stature and having small blooms, it is easily overlooked.

The 25-50 mm long, linear lanceolate, opposite leaves are sessile (lacking stems) or nearly so. The racemes are about 15 cm long and produce 5-petalled, windmill-like blooms that are about 1/2 inch in size. They each may be one of the following colors: yellow, orange, gold, red, red-orange or yellow-orange. The blooms appear to turn red with age. This variety of bloom colors which frequently occur on the same raceme adds interest to the plant. The blooming period begins in April and continues through September or so. The blooms are followed by tiny (3-4 mm), roundish in shape, 3-lobed capsules which split when dried to release the seed.

This plant would make an interesting addition to wildscapes, xeriscapes and rock gardens. It is a very interesting looking plant.

Update: 1/26/09 Before I could save a few of these beautifully blooming plants I observed, they were killed by machinery as the roadside was being widened. I had been waiting for rain so that the plants could be dug up more easily from the rocky limestone soil. No rain has fallen in a long time due to being in a severe, prolonged drought. I should have taken lots of jugs of water to the site. I am saddened that these plants as well as may others that I had never observed before in my area are now gone. :o(


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

San Antonio, Texas

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