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Whitestem Goldenbush Back to Plant Page
Ericameria discoidea

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About Whitestem Goldenbush (Ericameria discoidea) Ericameria discoidea , called Whitestem goldenbush or sharp-scale goldenweed or Whitestem goldenbush or sharp-scale goldenweed, is a species of flowering shrub in the daisy family known by the common name whitestem goldenbush. This plant is native to the western United States from California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, and Montana. Ericameria discoidea grows in clumpy thickets on rocky slopes. It is a small shrub reaching a maximum height of 40 centimeters (16 inches). It has many erect branches covered in a foliage of oval-shaped leaves coated in dense white woolly fibers and tiny stalked resin glands. Atop each short branch is an inflorescence of many flower heads, each packed with sometimes as many as 70 disc florets that bloom in golden yellow and wilt to a rusty orange. There are no ray florets.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
1.3 ft (0.4 m)

Flower Color
Yellow, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
939' - 14460'

Annual Precip. ?
6.5" - 76.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.47" - 3.10"

Coldest Month ?
16.0° F - 50.3° F

Hottest Month ?
36.4° F - 76.6° F

Humidity ?
0.94 vpd - 28.26 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

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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