Scientific name - Buphthalmum salicifolium L.
Synonyms - Buphthalmum flexile Bertol, Telekia speciosa.
Popular names - asteroide salicina, willowleaf oxeye.
Distribution and Habitat - originated in the Balkans and Eastern Alps, growing limestone land in arid forests, wet meadows and sunny, from 200 to 2100 m altitude.
Description - herbaceous plant, perennial. Stems erect, 60 cm high. Leaves alternate, lanceolate, 7 cm long, margin entire and toothed, short-petiolate leaves are lower and the caulinare are sessile. Involucre hemispherical, composed of bracts numerous, triangular, linear, acute, covered with hairs serum. Inflorescence solitary, 5 cm diameter. Ligulate flowers yellow, three-toothed, 15-20 mm, tubular yellow flowers. Blooms in July-September. Fruit achenes, cylindrical, with puppets.
Requirements - prefers moist soil, rich andn humus, sunny or partially shaded in exhibitions.
Propagation - by seed or division bush.
Partners garden - Baptisia sp., Belamcanda sp., Helenium sp., Lysimachia ciliata.
Properties and Uses - cultivated as ornamental species for rocarii or curbs.
Curiosity - Buphthalmum salicifolium part of the family Asteraceae, tribe Inuleae.
The family Asteraceae is the largest plant family, comprising about 20 000 species of herbaceous plants, shrubs and succulent plants.
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