Easter Daisy - Townsendia incana

(Hoary Townsendia, Hoary Townsend Daisy)

Family: Aster (Asteraceae) - Native


1. Beyond south wall in front of Visitor Center (GPS - N35D32'59.459 X W105D41'11.370)

2. On trail between #16 and parking lot (GPS- N35D32'58 X W105D41'11)

Flowers first observed: 3/27/17

The Plant w/Flowers

The Flower


"The Four Corners states, plus Nevada, Wyoming and a small part of south Montana" (The American Southwest.net)


"Townsendia incana is a low growing perennial, producing one to several short stems, often bending, with leaves at the base and along the stem. Plants usually inhabit open, exposed locations, with sandy or rocky soils. Leaves are also short, around half an inch long, though occasionally up to 1.5 inches. They have a moderately dense covering of white hairs, lying against the surface, as do the reddish stems. Leaves are quite thick.

A relatively large flowerhead is borne at the top of each stem, though generally not quite as wide as the leaf rosette underneath. The hemispheric or bell-shaped involucre is ringed by 3 to 4 rows of phyllaries, the longest lanceolate in shape, while above are 13 to 34 white ray florets, a little less than half an inch long, around a center of 60 to 80 yellow disc florets. The tips of the ray florets may have a pinkish tint. Phyllaries have a strigose hair covering, and are often purple along the margins." (The American Southwest.net)

Ethnobotanical Uses


"Hopi Reproductive Aid Plant taken to induce pregnancy and insure male child. Throat Aid Plant used to clear the throat. --- Navajo Gynecological Aid Plant used in labor to facilitate delivery of the baby. Navajo, Kayenta Gynecological Aid Plant used to expedite labor. Unspecified Plant used as a strong medicine." (Moerman 564)

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