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Bahiopsis laciniata

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About San Diego County Viguiera (Bahiopsis laciniata) Bahiopsis laciniata is a native shrub of the Aster family that is restricted to coastal southern California and northern Baja. It is very floriferous and blooms over most of the year. It is known by the common names San Diego Sunflower and Tornleaf Goldeneye. It is native to the dry mesas, canyons and mountain slopes as part of chaparral and coastal sage scrub. It is a hairy, resinous shrub growing to a maximum height well over one meter. The leaves have lance-shaped blades up to 5 centimeters long which are glandular and shiny with resin. The blades have smooth or shallowly toothed edges which are sometimes rolled under or crinkled, producing a torn appearance. The inflorescence is a solitary sunflower-like flower head or cyme of several heads. The flower head has several yellow ray florets measuring 6 millimeters to over a centimeter long. The fruit is an achene tipped with a pappus.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1.6 - 3.3 ft (0.49 - 1 m)

Max. Width
3 - 4 ft (0.9 - 1.2 m)



Growth Rate


Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry slopes, canyons and mesas


Elevation ?
13' - 3511'

Annual Precip. ?
9.7" - 23.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.19" - 1.63"

Coldest Month ?
41.5° F - 56.5° F

Hottest Month ?
69.0° F - 80.0° F

Humidity ?
1.14 vpd - 25.43 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerant of a variety of soils as long as drainage is adequate

Soil Texture
Loam, Loamy Sand, Sand, Sandy Clay Loam, Sandy Loam, Silt Clay Loam, Silt Loam

Soil PH
6.0 - 8.0

Fast, Medium, Slow

Companion Plants
Woolly bluecurls, Scarlet Bugler, Cleveland Sage, California Encelia, Mojave Yucca, Mimulus sp, Manzanita sp, Ceanothus sp,

Wildlife Attracted
Hummingbirds and insects and attracted to the flowers

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Prune to shape when not in bloom

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Viguiera laciniata

Common Names
Tornleaf Goldeneye, San Diego Sunflower

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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