Botanical Name: Psilostrophe tagetina
Common Name: Paperflower  
Plant photo of: Psilostrophe tagetina
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Grey Green, Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Cut Flowers, Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

This is a more colorful species than Psilostrophe cooperi but clearly resembles it. Blooms its heart out in spring and summer with bright yellow daisies that dry to a papery texture. Forms a rounded mound to 2' with narrow grey leaves. Short lived but will reseed itself. Thrives in full sun and reflected heat but demands well drained soil and cannot tolerate overwatering. Native from 4,000'-7,000' across the southwest.
Frost tolerant to -20 F.