Goldenaster (Pityopsis graminifolia)
Goldenaster (also called silk grass, and formerly placed in the genus Heterotheca) occurs in dry habitats throughout the southeastern US. It is encountered commonly in Florida scrub. Goldenaster is a herbaceous perennial reaching about 2' high. The leaves look like silvery grass blades and both the stem and leaves are covered with silky hairs. The numerous flowers, appearing in summer and autumn, are about an inch across. Goldenaster makes an excellent addition to perennial borders and natural areas. Once established it is maintenance-free. It needs light, sandy soil and full sun. Several nurseries in Florida offer this pretty little aster.