Pityopsis flexuosa

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Zigzag Silk-grass, Zigzag Silkgrass

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Also known as Chrysopsis flexuosa, Heterotheca flexuosa

Plant Specifics

Size:1.5 to 1.75 ft.  
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:White
Phenology:Evergreen. Blooms August-October.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Wildflower meadow. Foliage can be attractive year-round as it is silvery-gray green. Also suitable for naturalizing assuming plenty of light and minimal competition. The plants will spread locally.
Considerations:Can cut back after flowering to keep it neat.
Propagation:Seed, division.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Unknown
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:



Attracts bees and butterflies. 

Native Habitats:Sandhills and dry disturbed areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Minimize competition especially if it is over-topping the Pityopsis.

Endemic to the Florida Panhandle in a 6-county area near Tallahassee.  

Listed as Endagered by the FDACS.