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Common Yellow Chaenactis
Chaenactis glabriuscula
  
About Common Yellow Chaenactis (Chaenactis glabriuscula) 4 Nurseries Carry This Plant Chaenactis glabriuscula is a species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family known by the common name Yellow Pincushion. It is native to much of California and Baja California, where it grows in a wide variety of habitats. It is a variable plant, especially across its five recognized Varieties: Var. orcuttiana, is a rare variety limited to the beaches and coastal dunes of southern California and Baja, where it is threatened by development of its coastal habitat. In general this is an annual herb producing one or more mainly erect stems approaching half a meter in maximum height. The branching stems are hairy and often cobwebby with fibers. The leaves are up to about 10 centimeters long, sometimes fleshy, and usually divided into many very small, curling lobes. The flower cluster produces one to many flower heads on a very long, erect peduncle. The flower head is lined with flat, hairy or woolly hairy phyllaries. It contains many tubular flowers in shades of gold to bright yellow, the outermost flowers large and flat-faced, most with protruding anthers. The fruit is an achene which may be over a centimeter long including its layered pappus of scales. This is an attractive plant, especially when planted in mass, which can bloom up to eight months of the year, and attractive to butterflies.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Size
Size
1.6 ft tall
.5 ft wide

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Various insects

 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 4 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 10° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium

Soil Description
Soil Description
Typically sand or gravel. Soil PH: 5.9 - 8.1

Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Use with other annuals, perennials and shrubs of dry areas such as Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis), Sweetbush (Bebbia juncea), Buckwheat (Eriogonum sp.), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Lupine (Lupinus sp.), Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri or trichocalyx), Sage (Salvia sp.), and various cactus species

Propagation
Propagation?
By seed

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry open places, alluvial scrub

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.1" - 75.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.13" - 2.95", Coldest Month: 24.6" - 58.9", Hottest Month: 45.5" - 88.9", Humidity: 0.37" - 39.24", Elevation: -109" - 11310"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Yellow Pincushion


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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