Flaveria linearis

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Yellowtop

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Form:Flower
Size:2-3 ft tall by 3-4 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:Wildflower garden or tall-growing groundcover. Forms mounds that are typically wider than tall. Cut back to ground after flowering.
Considerations:Becomes weedy-looking after flowering.
Propagation:Easily grown from seed. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Tolerant of inundation with brackish water
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Lime rock, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic to circum-neutral

Ecology

Wildlife:
Insects:
  

Nectar plant for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius), Dorantes longtail (Urbanus dorantes), eufala skipper (Lerodea eufala), field skipper (Atalopedes campestris), Florida duskywing (Ephyriades brunneus), Florida white (Appias drusilla), great southern white (Ascia monuste), julia (Dryas iulia), large orange sulphur (Phoebis agarithe), martial scrub-hairstreak (Strymon martialis), monk skipper (Asbolis capucinus), obscure skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides), Palatka skipper (Euphyes pilatka), red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops), sachem (Atalopedes campestris), southern broken-dash (Wallengrenia otho), three-spotted skipper (Cymaenes tripunctus), twin-spot skipper (Oligorio maculata), zarucco duskywing (Erymis zarucco) and other butterflies. (IRC)

Attracts bee pollinators. 

Native Habitats:Depression and basin marshes, wet prairies, pine rocklands, edges of mangrove swamps, disturbed areas such as berms and dikes near the coast, edges of tidal marshes.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:This species is almost always coastal occupying only a strip along the coastline and not entire counties.