Gray goldaster

Heterotheca canescens (DC.) Shinners


A common plant throughout most of Texas, gray goldaster is an aggressive perennial of the Sunflower family. It is a bushy, much-branched plant, generally reaching 4 to 18 inches tall.

The leaves are numerous and crowded along the plant stems. Because of the extremely dense hairs on its leaves, gray goldaster is difficult to control with herbicides.

The yellow flower heads occur at the terminals (ends) of each branch and are 3/8 to 5/8 inch in diameter, blooming from July through September.

The forage value of gray goldaster is poor for livestock and fair for wildlife.


Gray goldaster is found in sandy and gravelly prairies and rock outcrops. It is a common roadside wildflower that grows in colonies.