Machaeranthera canescens (Hoary tansyaster)

Native, short-lived perennial common to the eastern portion of the Pacific Northwest. Plant is very sticky and heavily scented; late-flowering. An early colonizer of degraded and disturbed sites in various types of plant communities, from low valley rangelands to higher mountain elevations; though primarily in hot, dry locations. Thought to be competitive with cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) and knapweed species (Centaurea spp). Good habitat species for many birds and mammals, as well as various pollinators and insect species. Its insect associations make it an especially important species for sagegrouse during brood rearing.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Asteraceae

Duration: Perennial, short-lived

Growth Habit: Forb/herb

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: 

Mature Height: 6-30 in.

Bloom Color: Purple

Bloom Period: Late summer/early fall

Annual Precipitation: 8-60 in.

Drought Tolerance:

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status:

Fire Resistance:

Fire Tolerance:

Nitrogen fixation:

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance:

CaCO3 Tolerance:

pH Range: 6.0-8.4


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 1,300,000

Seeding Rate: PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

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