Lessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia

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Species Name: Lessingia filaginifolia var. filaginifolia
Common Name: California aster

This perennial groundcover forms a sprawling or mounding mass of woolly grey-green leaves and lavender aster-like flowers with yellow centers. Adds summer color to the garden and attracts butterflies.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1-3'H x 3' W
Growth Habit: Low, mounding
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Lavender with yellow
Distribution: Southern Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley, Central West CA, South West CA
Natural Habitat: Coastal scrub, oak woodlands, grasslands up to 6000'

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Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.