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Cushion Townsendia
Townsendia condensata
About Cushion Townsendia (Townsendia condensata) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Townsendia condensata is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common names cushion Townsend daisy and cushion townsendia. It is native to North America where it is known from many scattered occurrences in the mountains of the western United States and Alberta in Canada. It is mainly limited to the alpine climates of high mountain peaks, where it grows in meadows, tundra, and barren, rocky talus. It grows alongside other alpine plants such as Eriogonum androsaceum. This is a petite biennial or perennial herb taking a clumped form just a few centimeters tall, its herbage growing on a caudex and taproot unit. The leaves are 1 or 1. 5 centimeters long, rounded, and coated in woolly hairs. The inflorescence is generally a solitary flower head 1 to 3 centimeters wide with rough-haired, lance-shaped phyllaries. The head contains many yellow disc florets and many white, pinkish, or purplish ray florets each measuring up to 16 millimeters in length. The fruit is a hairy achene tipped with a deciduous pappus of bristles.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

1.2 in tall

Winter Deciduous

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 15.2" - 43.8", Summer Precipitation: 1.89" - 2.47", Coldest Month: 21.5" - 31.5", Hottest Month: 40.5" - 55.8", Humidity: 1.97" - 13.70", Elevation: 8672" - 12187"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Cushion Townsend Daisy, Hairy Townsendia

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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