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Plant Profile  
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Common Name: Wax Goldenweed

Species Name: Grindelia ciliata

Plant Type: Forb

Family Name: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Annual
Distribution in the U.S. Midwest; Missouri and Kansas to Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico
Distribution in Oklahoma Western half of the state


ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Stiff, leaves directly attached to stem
    • Leaf edges spiny, “shark-bite” edges


    • Large headed flowers with yellow petals
    • Erect single stem with branching yellow flower heads at top
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Oblong
    • Stipules: Absent
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 25-30
    • Flower Color: Yellow
    • Flower Timing: July-October
    • Fruit Type: Achene


Soil Type Various
Habitat Disturbed sites, rights-of-way, waste areas and overgrazed pastures
Successional Stage Early


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