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Tahoka Daisy Prairie Aster Machaeranthera tanacetifolia 50 Seeds USA Company

Tahoka Daisy Prairie Aster Machaeranthera tanacetifolia 50 Seeds USA Company

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Machaeranthera tanacetifolia, commonly known as tansy aster or Tahoka daisy, is an annual or biennial herbaceous plant in the Asteraceae family. Here is a detailed description of this plant:

General Description

Growth Habit: Machaeranthera tanacetifolia typically grows as an upright, bushy herb.

Height: The plant generally reaches heights of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm).

Stems and Leaves

Stems: The stems are erect, branching, and often have a somewhat hairy texture.

Leaves: The leaves are deeply lobed, resembling those of tansy (hence the common name "tansy aster"). They are alternately arranged on the stem, with each lobe having a toothed or pinnate appearance. The leaves are gray-green to bright green and covered with fine hairs.


Flower Heads: Machaeranthera tanacetifolia produces large, daisy-like flower heads. The central disc florets are yellow, while the surrounding ray florets are typically lavender to purple, although they can sometimes be white or pink.

Blooming Season: Flowering usually occurs from late spring to fall, depending on local climatic conditions.

Flower Size: The flower heads can be quite striking, with ray florets extending outward to create a display that can be several inches in diameter.

Fruits and Seeds

Achenes: The fruits are small, dry achenes equipped with a pappus of fine bristles that aid in wind dispersal.

Habitat and Distribution

Native Range: This plant is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

Preferred Habitat: It thrives in a variety of habitats, including open plains, grasslands, prairies, and along roadsides. It prefers well-drained soils and can often be found in sandy or rocky areas.

Ecological Role

Pollinators: The flowers are attractive to a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other insects.

Wildlife: It provides nectar and pollen for pollinators and serves as a food source for some herbivorous insects and animals.


Drought Tolerance: Machaeranthera tanacetifolia is well-adapted to dry conditions, with its hairy leaves and stems helping to reduce water loss.

Soil: It can grow in a range of soil types, including poor, well-drained soils.


Ornamental: Due to its attractive flowers and tolerance for dry conditions, it is sometimes used in xeriscaping and native plant gardens.

Ecological Restoration: It can be used in habitat restoration projects to help stabilize soil and provide resources for pollinators.


Growing Instructions for the Tahoka Daisy


1. The seeds like well-drained soil. Prepare a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. Put the soil in a pot. Water the mixture so that it is moist but not wet. 2. Put the seeds on the soil. 3. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil. 4. Water the seeds. 5. Place the pots in an area with warm temperatures in full sun. 6. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.




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