Silkgrass Aster - Carolina Silkgrass
Pityopsis adenolepis - (Fernald) Semple
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family


Silkgrass Aster is also known as Silver-leaf Golden Aster and Grass-leaf Golden Aster.

Plant is an upright, hairy perennial with fibrous roots. Preferred habitat is dry pine woods and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are grass-like blades; parallel veined; silver-silky and hairy. Stem leaves are alternate on the lower stem, reduced and spiraling upward with a tapering tip, becoming scale-like or linear to narrowly lance-like. There are no teeth and no lobes.

The flower is a small head. Each flower is symmetrical in form and the disc flowers are bisexual in nature, yellow. Ray flowers are female; numerous and yellow. Flowers occur in the summer and autumn.


Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it (achene).

Silkgrass Aster is an important food source for the gopher tortoise.

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