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Common Tidy Tips
Layia platyglossa
About Common Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) Nurseries Show All Photos Coastal Tidy Tips is an annual wildflower in the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family. Like other members of this family it has composite flower heads. Its 5-18 outer ray flowers are bright golden yellow with distinct, sharp-margined white tips. The inner disk flowers are numerous and yellow-orange. The entire flower head is 2 in. in diameter. It is native to California's low elevation dry habitats in the Coast Ranges, Central Valley, Channel Islands, and southern coastal plain where it is a member of spring wildflower displays in meadows and grasslands. It is found in many different habitats. Its daisy-like flowers are attractive, making it a popular garden ornamental and ingredient in commercial wildflower seed mixes. It is especially attractive when massed and combined with other wildflowers. It seems to like somewhat more water than some other wildflowers but works well with many other plants.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.5 - 2 ft (0.15 - 0.6 m)

Max. Width
.5 - 2 ft (0.2 - 0.6 m)

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type


Elevation ?
-3424' - 6112'

Annual Precip. ?
5.0" - 52.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 2.83"

Coldest Month ?
39.4° F - 58.5° F

Hottest Month ?
55.6° F - 87.2° F

Humidity ?
0.29 vpd - 38.17 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers clay or loamy soil, tolerates sandy soil

Soil PH
5.0 - 8.0

Fast, Medium, Slow

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to -5° F

Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7*, 8*, 9*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24

Companion Plants
Use in a grassland or meadow-like garden with other annuals or herbaceous perennials such as California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Clarkia sp., Lupinus sp., Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii) and Sidalcea sp.; with geophytes such as Brodiaea sp., Mariposa Lily (Calochortus sp.), and Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum); and with succulents such as Dudleya sp. and various cactus species

Wildlife Attracted
The flowers attract many species of insects, especially butterflies. It is an important nectar plant for Checkerspot butterflies.

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Very Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Propagation ?
By seed

Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Coastal Tidytips, Common Tidy-tips

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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