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Cacaliopsis nardosmia
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Cut Leaf Cacaliopsis
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Cacaliopsis nardosmia

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About Cut Leaf Cacaliopsis (Cacaliopsis nardosmia) Cacaliopsis is a monotypic genus in the daisy family which contains the single species Cacaliopsis nardosmia (formerly Cacalia nardosmia), which is known by the common name silvercrown. This is a rhizomatous perennial native to the forests and moist meadows of the west coast of North America, from northern California to southern British Columbia. It forms a basal patch of lush, widely lobed shiny green leaves and erect reddish stems bearing flower clusters of flowers. The tiny yellow curly-tipped disc flowers are packed into flower heads. The fruit is a small cylindrical achene with a bristly white pappus.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
3 ft (0.9 m)

Flower Color
Yellow, Red

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Meadows and open places

Shade, Part Shade

Elevation ?
637' - 6808'

Annual Precip. ?
28.4" - 145.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.47" - 5.58"

Coldest Month ?
36.9° F - 48.3° F

Hottest Month ?
54.5° F - 72.6° F

Humidity ?
0.47 vpd - 23.15 vpd

Sunset Zones ?
4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names

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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