Heliomeris multiflora var. multiflora

(Showy Goldeneye)

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Heliomeris multiflora var. multiflora, Swan Mountain, Summit Co. 3763

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Heliomeris multiflora var. multiflora, Swan Mountain, Summit Co. 7011

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Heliomeris multiflora var. multiflora, White River Plateau, Newcastle-Buford Rd., Garfield Co. 5972

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Heliomeris multiflora var. multiflora, White River Plateau, Newcastle-Buford Rd., Garfield Co. 5983

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Heliomeris multiflora var. multiflora, Swan Mountain, Summit Co. 7015

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Heliomeris multiflora var. multiflora, Swan Mountain, Summit Co. 3790

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Heliomeris multiflora var. multiflora, Swan Mountain, Summit Co. 3797

Scientific Name Heliomeris multiflora var. multiflora (Viguiera multiflora var. multiflora) USDA PLANTS Symbol HEMUM
Common Name Showy Goldeneye ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 528364
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (5000 to 11000 ft); moister areas in meadows, on hillsides and roadsides, and riparian areas.
Plant: Erect, often bushy perennial 8 to 48 inches tall; highly branched with slender, wiry, tough stems.
Leaves: Lanceolate to ovate blades; lower stem leaves opposite, upper may be alternate; 1-1/4 to 3-1/8 inches long and 3/16 to 3/4-inch wide; covered with short, stiff, appressed hairs; margins may be slightly toothed.
Inflorescence: Composite flower head 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches across, with 5 to 14 rays and 50+ yellow to orange disk florets in the center; phyllaries underneath narrowly lanceolate and covered with woolly hair.
Bloom Period: May to September.
Reference: "Wildflowers of the Rocky Mountains" by Carl Scheier, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Wildflowers of New Mexico and SEINet.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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