Coastal Tidytips

(Layia platyglossa)
 
Coastal Tidytips
Coastal Tidytips abound in the spring on serpentine at Inspiration Point.

Will Elder, NPS

 

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.

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Last updated: February 28, 2015

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