Origin Of Genus Name: Layia is named for botanist George Tradescent Lay, who visited California in the early 19th century.
Presidio Locations: Found in serpentine grassland.
Range In State: Northern-central to southern California coast.
Description: This native annual of the Sunflower Family has 2-3 inch yellow, daisy-like flowers with white at the petal tips. Narrow, lobed leaves are on stems a foot or more in height. Coastal Tidytips is a food source for the threatened Bay Checkerspot Butterfly. Blooms April to May.
Native Californian Uses: The Ohlone ate the seeds as pinole, a ground meal.
Last updated: February 28, 2015