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Hopi Tea, Greenthread

Thelesperma megapotamicum

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
1-2.5' × 1-2'
Flowering Season May-October
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range -25 °F
Leaf Description Thin, linear
Fruit Armed achenes (dry single seeded fruit)
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Elevation Range 1000-9500 ft.
Description Greenthread grows in a wide elevational range across eastern Arizona, and is suitable for a number of species assemblages. This plant can be somewhat "weedy" under the right circumstances, reseeding throughout disturbed areas. This plant makes a good addition to gardens dedicated to native herbs and edibles like oreganillo (Aloysia wrightii), wolfberry (Lycium spp.), and western mugwort (Artemesia ludoviciana). May benefit from light shade in lower elevation gardens.