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Townsendia formosa

Pronunciation: town-SEN-dee-uh for-MOH-suh
Family: Asteraceae
Common Name: Townsendia
Plant Type:
  • perennial
Height to: 24in (60cm)
Width to: 6in (15cm)
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
Sun Exposure:
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • early summer
  • mid summer
  • late summer
Bloom Description: Townsendia formosa produce one to several solitary flowerheads, 1 1/4in (3cm) across, with pale violet ray florets, mauve beneath, and yellow disk florets, on upright stems that are 4in (10cm) long.
Soil Type: Sharply draining, gritty soil
Pests and Diseases: Infrequent
Propagation: Sow Townsendia formosa seeds as soon as ripe in containers in cold frame. propagate regularly, plants are often short lived.
Native to: South West USA
Winter Sowing Zones: 6-8
Notes for Identification:

Townsendia formosa is an upright, clump forming, rhizomatous perennial with spoon shaped to inversely lance-shaped leaves, to 3in (8cm) long, with finely hairy midribs and margins.

Care: Immediately upon germination, transfer to individual pots to avoid taproot damage; seedlings will not survive transplanting.  Pinch to prevent flowering the first year.  Protect against excessive winter moisture.  In an alpine house, grow in a mix of equal parts loam, leaf mold and sharp sand.

Source: Various sources including The American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and the USDA

Located in: Perennials
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