Calyptocarpus vialis – Straggler Daisy

Calyptocarpus vialis - Straggler Daisy, Prostrate Lawnflower

Calyptocarpus vialis - Straggler Daisy, Prostrate Lawnflower

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Calyptocarpus vialis

Common Names: Straggler Daisy, Prostrate Lawnflower

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Introduced

Habitat: Desert. It most often grows in urban and suburban areas with lawns.

Flower Color: Yellow disks and rays

Flowering Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Height: To only 4 inches (10 cm) tall

Description: The small flower heads are only 1/4 inch (6.4 mm) across. The leaves have toothed margins and are dark green, opposite, oval in shape, and stippled with short, light-colored hairs. The stems are prostrate and root at the nodes, allowing this plant to easily spread.

These low-growing plants can form large, weedy patches in lawns and other irrigated areas, but they can also be cultivated and used as an attractive groundcover in shady, irrigated areas.

Special Characteristics

Butterfly Plant – The flowers attract small, lawn butterflies like Skippers (Family Hesperiidae).


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: Calyptocarpus Less. – calyptocarpus
Species: Calyptocarpus vialis Less. – straggler daisy

More About This Plant

Arizona County Distribution Map