Texas Star, Texas Yellowstar, Lindheimer Daisy
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This genus is named after Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer (1801-1879) who is often called the Father of Texas Botany because of his work as the first permanent-resident plant collector in Texas. In 1834 Lindheimer immigrated to the United States as a political refugee. He spent from 1843-1852 collecting specimens in Texas. In 1844 he settled in New Braunfels, Texas, and was granted land on the banks of the Comal River, where he continued his plant collecting and attempted to establish a botanical garden.
Lindheimer is credited with the discovery of several hundred plant species. In addition his name is used to designate forty-eight species and subspecies of plants. His house, on Comal Street in New Braunfels, is now a museum. (Source: LBJ Wildflower Center)
Plant varies in size from 6”-24” depending on depth and moisture of soil. It’s an annual that likes full sun and reseeds easily. Lower leaves are coarsely toothed and upper leaves are smooth on the edges. There are 1 to several flower heads in a cluster at the end of each stem. Each flower head has 5 bright yellow ray flowers.
Found throughout all of Texas, north to Oklahoma east to Arkansas and Louisiana and south into Mexico. Prefers well-drained sand, loam, clay, and limestone. Does well in plant beds.
Seeds are available commercially. Collect seeds in May and sow in the fall.
Flowers, Fruits, Seedpods
Sow Texas Star seeds in the fall. The seeds will sprout and make a rosette. This rosette will grow slowly throughout the winter until February when it grows quickly and begins to flower. It will continue flowering and growing through spring. It begins to fade and dry up around the end of May or first of June.