Guardiola platyphylla – Apache Plant

Guardiola platyphylla - Apache Plant, Guardiola

Guardiola platyphylla - Apache Plant, Guardiola

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Guardiola platyphylla

Common Names: Apache Plant, Guardiola

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Upland. It grows on rocky slopes and in rocky, oak-juniper canyons.

Flower Color: White disks and rays

Flowering Season: Spring, Summer

Height: To 39 inches (1 m) tall

Description: The flower heads are clustered at the tips of the stems. The oddly-shaped, 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) wide flower heads do not have a typical daisy shape because they only have 1 to 5 rays (petals) and only a few disk flowers. The leaves are opposite, leathery, bluish green, and have toothed and often reddish margins. The young stems are reddish.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae – Aster family
Genus: Guardiola Cerv. ex Humb. & Bonpl. – guardiola
Species: Guardiola platyphylla A. Gray – Apache plant

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map