Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Agoseris retrorsa

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Botanical Name: Agoseris retrorsa
Common Name: Spearleaf Mountain Dandelion

This perennial dandelion has yellow flowers that mature into familiar round dandelion seedheads. Good for less formal areas and habitat gardens.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1-2' H x 1' W
Growth Habit: Upright or sprawling from basal rosette
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Distribution: Throughout CA, except Great Valley
Natural Habitat: Dry shrubland, oak woodland, coniferous forest. Elevation: 1200-8400'


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