Psilostrophe cooperi     
Paper flower   
Helenieae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


yellow flowers
fresh flowers (above) and
persistent dry form (below)
pale yellow flowers

Form: small rounded shrub; semi-woody
Seasonality: perennial
Size: 1-1.5ft, spread to 2ft
Leaves: linear, very slender, 2in long only 1/2 wide, alternate; green on top, underside silver, hairy when young
Flowers: delicate yellow flowers on stem terminals; bloom in early spring and sporadically; fresh flowers persist for a long period and then even longer when dry, becoming paperlike
Fruit: plentiful seed, like marigold
Stems/Trunks: stems are whitish or silvery, hairy
Range/Origin: Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and northern Mexico; in washes and gravely hillsides
Hardiness: to low teens

leaf close-up
leaf detail



aka Yellow paper daisy

Paper flower plant Paper flower plant
Psilostrophe cooperi in a landscape naturalized form

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