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Common Tidy Tips
Layia platyglossa
  
About Common Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa) 12 Nurseries Carry This Plant 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
Plant Type
Annual herb

Size
Size
0.5 - 2 ft tall
.5 - 2 ft wide

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Winter, Spring

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

 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 3x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to -5° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Prefers clay or loamy soil, tolerates sandy soil. Soil PH: 5.0 - 8.0

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Companion Plants
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

Propagation
Propagation?
By seed

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

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Meadows

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 5.0" - 52.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.83", Coldest Month: 39.4" - 58.5", Hottest Month: 55.6" - 87.2", Humidity: 0.29" - 38.17", Elevation: -3424" - 6112"

Alternative 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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