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Hoary Groundsel
Packera werneriifolia
About Hoary Groundsel (Packera werneriifolia) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Packera werneriifolia, known by the common names alpine rock butterweed and hoary groundsel, is a species of flowering plant in the aster family. It is native to the western United States in the Sierra Nevada mountain habitat in subalpine and alpine climates, including forests and barren talus. It is a perennial herb which is usually small but is otherwise variable in appearance. It grows up to about 15 centimeters tall from a basal rosette of thick, linear or oval leaves a few centimeters long; leaf morphology varies from the western to the eastern regions of the plant's range. The basal leaves are woolly, white to greenish and tufted with smooth and nearly entire (smooth edged) leaf margins and multiple 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm), nearly leafless stems bearing 1-6 flower heads. :219-220The inflorescence bears a single flower head or a cluster of a few heads and may be nearly hairless to quite woolly. The flower head contains up to 40 yellow disc florets, and usually either 8 or 13 yellow ray florets, though these are sometimes absent. It blooms in July to August. :219-220Habitat and range. It is a low growing perennial plant that can be found growing in the severe conditions of the high northern and central Sierra Nevada range, from 10,000 to 13,000 feet (3,000 to 4,000 m) in elevation. :219-220
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

5.9 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 18.7" - 60.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.87" - 2.78", Coldest Month: 17.1" - 46.2", Hottest Month: 37.5" - 69.3", Humidity: 1.36" - 12.33", Elevation: 7883" - 13493"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Alpine Rock Butterweed

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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