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Silverpuffs

Uropappus lindleyi

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Annual
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
1-1.5' × 6-9"
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season March-June
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 20-25 °F
Leaf Description Linear, and clustered around the base of the plant
Fruit Skinny black seeds with 5 silvery scales rising from the tip
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Ethnobotany May contain toxic alkaloids
Description Silverpuffs is a small wildflower with a pale yellow, dandelion-like flower, often found in springtime on slopes or wash edges. But the most distinctive aspect of the plant, and the source of its name, is the dramatic silver globe-like seed head that bears a resemblance to a geodesic dome. The fruits are dandelion-like, but less fluffy. The long, dark seeds are tipped with 5 silvery scales arranged in a star-like pattern. This plant is found in almost every county in Arizona, but is less likely to succeed at elevation over about 5,000 feet.