Townsend Daisies (6)

Townsendia grandiflora

Showy Easter Daisy
Townsendia grandiflora

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Showy Townsendia, Largeflower Townsend Daisy
Photo taken on: April 25, 2007
Location: Almont Triangle, GV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Dry meadows, slopes

Grows to 8". Flowers are up to 2" across. Leaves are fleshy, hairy and to 3" long.

Flora of North America reference.

Townsendia hookeri

Hooker's Townsend Daisy
Townsendia hookeri

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Easter Daisy, Stemless Daisy
Photo taken on: April 25, 2009
Location: Wet Mountains, Eastern CO
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Dry meadows, slopes

Grows close to the ground. Flowers are 1" across. Leaves are narrow, grayish and hairy.

Flora of North America reference.

Townsendia exscapa

Stemless Townsend Daisy
Townsendia exscapa

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: April 29, 2010
Location: White Rock, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Dry, gravelly slopes

Low growing clump with slightly hairy narrow grayish leaves. Flowers are white to pinkish and 1" across. Distinguished from T. hookeri by a tuft of hairs on the phyllaries.

Flora of North America reference.

Townsendia annua

Annual Townsend Daisy
Townsendia annua

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: April 21, 2014
Location: Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Hot, dry, sandy soils

Grows only 1-4" high, sometimes sprawling, sometimes in masses. Flower heads are about ½" across compared to the other Townsendia. Leaves are hairy.

Flora of North America reference.

Townsendia fendleri

Fendler's Townsend Daisy
Townsendia fendleri

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 30, 2014
Location: Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Sandy, rocky areas, washes

Grows to 6" with erect or leaning stems. Leaves are narrow compared to T. annua which has spatulate to oblong leaves. Flowers are at the tip of the stem, often with leaves extending past the flowers. Phyllaries are in 4-5 series compared to T. annua which has 3. Flower size is similar with a pink to lavender tint underneath.

Flora of North America reference.

Townsendia incana

Hoary Townsend Daisy
Townsendia incana

Family: Sunflower (Asteraceae)
AKA: Silvery Townsendia
Photo taken on: April 9, 2015
Location: Abiquiu Lake, NM
Life Zones: Plains and foothills
Habitat: Sandy, rocky, pinyon-juniper woodlands

Grows less than 3" high with densely hairy stems and leaves. Leaves are spatula to lance shaped. Flowers have as few as 8 petals but up to 34 and flower heads are about 1" across. Very cute.

Flora of North America reference.

White/Cream Single Flowers