Botanical Name: Psilostrophe cooperi Add
Common Name: Paperflower  
Plant photo of: Psilostrophe cooperi
California Native Plant
  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Ground cover


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Grey Green, Light Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Very Low, Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Meadow, Spanish


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Perennial Border, Parking Strip, Patio, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, Walkways, With Rocks


Special Uses

Cascade, Cut Flowers, Erosion Control, Filler, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Covered with a profusion of clear yellow 1" flower heads mostly in spring but also in fall. Native in Utah, W NewMex, Az, S Calif and NW Mexico. Low mounded form. Flowers mostly follow rains March-Sept. Leaves 2" long x 8" wide and light green. Native at 2-5000'. Full Sun. Well drained soils. Supplemental water will increase flowers, but too much water fewer flowers. Does look straggly when older.
Tolerant to 10f