Chrysopsis gossypina

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Hairy Goldenaster

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Also known as Chrysopsis gossypina subsp. hyssopifolia, Chrysopsis gossypina subsp. cruiseana, Chrysopsis gossypina subsp. gossypina,

Plant Specifics

Size:to 3 ft
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Brown,black
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Informal wildflower garden.
Considerations:Becomes less than attractive after flowering.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- 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:High. Can tolerate significant and ongoing amounts of salty wind and salt spray without injury.
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, sandhills.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:Three subspecies occur in Florida.  The subspecies ranges somewhat overlap.  Subspecies cruiseana is listed as Endangered by the State of Florida.