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Perennial- Hairy Golden Aster

Chrysopsis villosa photo by Ken Gilliland

Common Name:  Hairy Golden Aster

Botanical Name: Chrysopsis villosa ‘San Bruno Mountain’  

Family:  Asteraceae

Description: California native, evergreen

Sun: Full to part sun

Water: Drought-tolerant to regular water; looks better with some water in the summer

Soil: Any well-draining

Habit and form: Grows in a low mound 1 foot high and 2 to 3 feet across; fast growing; easy to grow with fuzzy-textured leaves

Flower type: Daisy like; profuse bloom

Flower color and bloom season: Bright yellow flowers spring into summer

Uses for plant and/or flowers: Flowers attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies; seeds attractive to birds

Pruning time & method: Deadhead and trim back as needed to keep neat

Comments: Good in rock gardens and as accent plant in perennial borders

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