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PlantFiles: Yellowtop
Flaveria linearis

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Flaveria (fla-VER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: linearis (lin-AIR-iss) (Info)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive concretephil On Nov 19, 2009, concretephil from Osprey, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I love this plant. It's a tough, no care native that thrives on neglect. I have it planted in pure sand, no irrigation and in 8+ hours of sun each day-the hottest place in my yard.

It spread by seed and runners. To collect seeds, let them dry on the plants, put them in a large paper grocery bag, upside down, in the garage, let continue to dry until you can shake the seeds from the heads. Sow them immediately or store in a zip type bag and sow them later.

In the spring, early summer you can also cut the runner between a mautre plant and a new plant, dig up the entire plant and immediately put it in a pot with moist potting soil, keep moist until you see new growth, plant them in a sunny place, water in well and walk away-that's it, no muss no fuss.

In Osprey Fl (9B) they bloom mid October and if you have enough they become a sea of gold. All plants are the same height and flat headed and are absolutely beautiful.

They are also a late necter plant for bees, but are visited by a dozen or more other necter feeders. Some of these are predators of garden and lawn pests.

I'm starting a new bed with goldenrod, Solidago Sempervirens (ht 4to 6 ft.) in the center and yellow top on the outside. Both bloom at the same time and in a couple of years I'll have yellow, yellow, yellow-can't wait!


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

Big Pine Key, Florida
Fort Pierce, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Largo, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Osprey, Florida
Punta Gorda, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida

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