Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Grindelia stricta var. stricta

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Species Name: Grindelia stricta
Common Name: Gumweed

Pretty bright yellow flowers on low growing perennial. Attracts butterflies. Good for coastal gardens. Inland will need part sun and summer irrigation.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1-2'H x 2-3'W'
Growth Habit: Low growing perennial
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun
Soil Preference:
Water Requirements: Semi-dry
Cold Hardy to: Frost-tender
Flower Season: Summer/Fall
Flower Color: Yellow
Distribution: North Coast, Central Coast, South Coast, Channel Islands
Natural Habitat: Tidal flats, marshes, dunes, seabluffs


Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Grows flat on the ground with attractive rich green foliage and covered in spring and early summer with quantites of large bright yellow flowers. the plants will often cover a space of 2 to 3 feet in diameter. An excellent ground cover in full sun. Gallon cans, 35c."
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