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Machaeranthera tanacetifolia (Tahoka Daisy)

Tahoka Daisy, Takhoka-daisy, Tanseyleaf Aster, Tanseyleaf Goldenweed, Tansyleaf Tansyaster, Aster tanacetifolius, Machaeranthera coronopifolia, Machaeranthera parthenium


Machaeranthera tanacetifolia (Tahoka Daisy) is an annual or biennial forming clumps of branched stems covered with a fern-like foliage of pinnately divided leaves into small, pointed lobes. In late spring to fall, clusters of delicate aster-like flowers, 1-2 in. wide (2-5 cm), adorned the tips of the stems. They feature 12-40 lavender to purple ray florets surrounding a center of many golden-yellow disc florets. The charming blossoms are attractive to butterflies. Upright to widely spreading, this easily-naturalized wildflower makes a colorful addition to home landscapes. It is a fine choice for short grass meadows, rocky slopes or even between flagstones.

  • Grows up to 6-24 in. tall (15-60 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun to part shade in sandy, gravelly, well-drained soils. Periodic watering will encourage flowering.
  • Great for butterfly gardens, rock gardens and banks and slopes.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Aster
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Northeast, New York, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Aster
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Northeast, New York, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow

Great Plant Combination Ideas with Aster

Guides with Aster

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