Chrysopsis floridana

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Florida Goldenaster

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2 ft tall by 1 to 2 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Brown,NA
Phenology:Foliage is evergreen. Blooms late-October and November. Seeds in late-November to early-December.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Garden location where its silvery young foliage is visible but not where its somewhat weedy look at time of flowering (November) will be an issue.
Considerations:This species is listed as Endangered by the USFWS and the State of Florida.  Please plant responsibly.
Propagation:Easily established from seed. Plant in December in sandy area at time of seed maturity.  
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to neutral



Primarily wind dispersed, but small birds consume seed.


Butterflies and bees including green metallic, sweat, leafcutter, bumble and mining bees (Florida Wildflower Foundation).

Native Habitats:Scrub. In openings and open ecotones. Disturbance is required for persistence of this species. This species can be seen at the Balm-Boyette and Golden Aster preserves in Hillsborough County.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Foliage is showy, silvery gray green. Takes on a weed appearance at flowering time. This is an Endangered Florida endemic -- do not harvest plants from the wild.