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Crocidium multicaule
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Crocidium multicaule

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About Spring Gold (Crocidium multicaule) Crocidium multicaule is a species of plants in the daisy family known by the common name spring gold. This plant is native to western North America from British Columbia to California, where it can be found in varied habitats from grassland to woodland. It is a small annual, typically not exceeding 30 centimeters in height. It grows from a small patch of somewhat fleshy leaves at the ground and erects several very tall, very thin gangly stems, each of which is topped with a flower head. The flower head is made up of five to 13 lemon yellow ray florets, each up to a centimeter long. The center of the head is filled with tiny disc florets, in a similar shade of bright yellow. The fruits are fuzzy brown achenes only one or two millimeters long which turn gluey when wet.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
11.8 in (30 cm)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
431' - 5554'

Annual Precip. ?
9.5" - 117.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.25" - 3.43"

Coldest Month ?
30.8° F - 51.2° F

Hottest Month ?
58.9° F - 77.0° F

Humidity ?
0.56 vpd - 25.83 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Common Spring-gold

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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