Need help ID'ing this plant on my AZ property

Caroline Deegan

I'm in Cave Creek,just north of Phoenix and these flowers bloom all over in March-April.
They are 1-3 feet tall, tiny yellow flowers, sweet smelling.



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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I looked on the LBJ database but got nada. Have you tried on the Arizona form?

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Caroline Deegan

Didn't know there was an AZ forum--any idea where it might be found?

Thanks

Caroline

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Caroline Deegan

Never mind, I found the AZ Gardening forum on this site,gracias!

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gardengal48 (PNW Z8/9)

Tanacetum vulgare - tansy, aka golden buttons. Not a native plant but with a very widespread naturalized distribution. Many consider it to be a weed.

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Caroline Deegan

Thanks so much for your answer--I like these plants so I will call it a wildflower!

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wisconsitom(Zone 4/5)

It's one of those low-impact non-natives I suspect. In other words, if the natural environment of Arizona goes down the tubes, I seriously doubt it will be because of tansy. There are, of course, those who would disagree. Thing is, they're wrong, lol!

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Some tansies around here can develop a scary root system. They died on my land.

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

The Arizona forum is a very active forum. I lurk there on an occasion.

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Campanula UK Z8

I am not convinced that these are tanacetum vulgare. A tansy, definitely but maybe annuum? I have this (hateful) weed running amok in my herb beds (vulgare)...and rue the day I was persuaded to plant it.

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

This is not Tanacetum, vulgare or otherwise.

Check out Oncosiphon piluliferum AKA Globe Chamomile, an Arizona native.

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

My first thought was a petals chamomile due to the follage. Still not native Arizona even though that site ca;alls it a wildflower. Native to south Africa. Nice plant. I wouldn't mind some seed....hint hint. LOL

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I see - Oncosiphon is, as you say, not native to Az. I was mislead by the website.

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texasranger2

I looked it up, its also called Stinknet, thats almost as good as Fetid Marigold. I like the looks of it too, wouldn't mind a few seeds.......

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

This site has Malta star thistle as a wild flower. Should I say more? Good site though but one has to be aware that they do some lumping of wild aliens in with the natives.

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Caroline Deegan

Assuming this is Oncosiphon,some people asked for seeds and I would be glad to provide some but have no idea how to get seeds. I'm not a real gardener, just wanted to know the name of this plant that is all over the foothills north of Phoenix.

So if someone could give me a few instructions re how to collect seeds I would be happy to send some off when they are ready.

thanks

Caroline (OP)

Cave Creek AZ

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

The seeds will be in the ball after it dries up. Take your finger and do a experimental crumble. You will most likely see the seed. If you do it too soon , wait a while longer and try again. I put them in paper backs so they can breath, at least for awhile. I wonder if you can make tea out of it.

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Caroline Deegan

Thanks, I'll give it a try and post back with results when I do find some seeds.

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

If not just mail the dried up balls to people. I am not picky

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Caroline Deegan

OK,thanks I will do that when they are ready.

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john smolowe

hi caroline - can i get your email address? john smolowe at g mail dot com

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wisconsitom(Zone 4/5)

Seems I saw that plant when in Albuquerque some years ago, growing along the roadside.

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lauriadora

I'm in Scottsdale and the park next to me is covered in these. Did everyone get the seeds they want? If not, I'll be happy to forage, collect & distribute once available.

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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

OOH ooh, I would be interested. I think You can email me through my page. I will;; try sending you a message.

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