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Paperflower (Psilostrophe tagetina)

Natural History

Paperflower is a member of the Sunflower Family. It grows to 18 inches in height and has grayish green, oblong or lance-shaped leaves which grow to 2.5 inches in length along the stem. The plant grows in plains, mesas and pine forests at elevations between 4000 - 7500 feet.

Paperflower is poisonous to sheep.

Paperflower blooms between May - October and produces bright yellow flowers with 3-5 petals, each with 3 lobes, which grow in clusters at the ends of the stems. As the flower ages it becomes straw-colored and papery.

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