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Canyon Sunflower
Venegasia carpesioides

About Canyon Sunflower (Venegasia carpesioides) Venegasia is a genus of North American plants in the tarweed tribe within the sunflower family. Venegasia carpesioides is the only known species in the genus. It is shrubby bush growing to 1. 8 m tall and prefers locations in moist canyons in southern California, and in Baja California. It is commonly known as the Canyon sunflower.

This plant is a great choice for a dry shady corner of a garden, though the plant is very versatile.
Tolerates full shade, as well as part shade or sun, and dry or damp conditions. Nearly always blooming.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
5 ft (1.5 m)

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Full Shade, Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
2' - 4182'

Annual Precip. ?
10.7" - 40.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 1.65"

Coldest Month ?
42.0° F - 56.0° F

Hottest Month ?
62.9° F - 79.4° F

Humidity ?
0.88 vpd - 26.24 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerant of a variety of garden soils as long as sufficient moisture is available

Fast, Medium, Slow

Sunset Zones ?
14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Bee Gardens, Bird Gardens, Deer Resistant

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

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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