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hairy goldenaster

Heterotheca villosa

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low
full sun
low growing
4 - 8"
yellow
summer - fall

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E. Conrad

The fluffy seed heads are dense (and fun to collect!)
The fluffy seed heads are dense (and fun to collect!)

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Hairy golden aster is a significant contributor to our mid summer color (pictured here with clarkia)
Hairy golden aster is a significant contributor to our mid summer color (pictured here with clarkia)

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Mats of bright yellow flowers
Mats of bright yellow flowers

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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The fluffy seed heads are dense (and fun to collect!)
The fluffy seed heads are dense (and fun to collect!)

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Perhaps nothing is as rugged as hairy golden aster (lovingly called 'HGA' in restoration circles). This low growing yellow false aster thrives in rocky droughty sites. HGA begins blooming in July, and continues as long as it can (often well into October with soil moisture). Flowers are followed by puffy cylindrical tan seed heads. Plant these in your 'hell strip' (between the road and sidewalk) with prairie junegrass, fringed sage, and blanket flower.