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Cut Leaved Scorzonella
Microseris laciniata
About Cut Leaved Scorzonella (Microseris laciniata) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Microseris laciniata is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common name cutleaf silverpuffs. It is native to the western United States from Washington to northern California and Nevada, where it grows in forest and grassland habitat. It is a perennial herb growing up to a meter tall with a branching stem. The plentiful leaves are 10 to 50 centimeters long and variable in shape, with smooth, toothed, or lobed edges. The flower cluster is borne on a tall, erect or curving peduncle. The flower head may be 3 centimeters long when in bud and wide when in bloom, bearing up to 100 or more long yellow ray florets. The fruit is an achene with a gray or brown body a few millimeters long. At the tip of the body is a large pappus made up of 5 to over 20 long, hairy scales, each of which may exceed one centimeter in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

3.3 ft tall

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky slopes and open places

Annual Precipitation: 8.9" - 151.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.36" - 5.63", Coldest Month: 25.4" - 48.1", Hottest Month: 50.8" - 74.0", Humidity: 0.08" - 23.44", Elevation: 65" - 8095"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Cutleaf Silverpuffs

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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