PROSTRATE LAWNFLOWER, Horseherb,Hierba del
caballo, Straggler daisy
Calyptocarpus vialis - Compositae (Asteraceae), Composite or Sunflower Family
DESCRIPTION: Herbaceous ground cover, sprawling, weak-stemmed
Height: Low growing to 8 to 10 inches high, usually 3 inches
Flowers: Noticeable small yellow ray flowers. Throughout the year
Fruit: Small inconspicuous capsule
Foliage: Evergreen, simple, light green,
elongated 3/4 inch long and
1/2 inch wide
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid
Sun: Partial sun, to partial shade
Drainage: Good to moderate
Water: Low once established
Maintenance: Little needed
Propagation: Seeds, root divisions
NATIVE HABITAT: Brushlands and disturbed sites
usually in the shade.
WILDLIFE USE: Staple food for Texas tortoise. Flowers provide nectar for small butterflies.
COMMENTS: A suitable flowering ground cover for the shade. Easy to establish in a small area. Difficult to establish in large areas as it does not compete well with broad-leafed weeds. Out competes grass in the shade.