[Members of the Sunflower Family with Flower Heads like Sunflowers or Daisies]

Common Spring-gold, Gold Star, Gold Stars, Spring Gold

Crocidium multicaule

Common Spring-gold, Gold Star, Gold Stars, Spring Gold: Crocidium multicaule

The photo above shows gold stars blooming on scablands along the main east-west access road through the Bickleton Ridge Unit of the Klickitat Wildlife Area.........April 11, 2017.

Characteristics:

Gold stars are a small annual to 6 or 7 inches tall. The leaves are fleshy and mostly basal, entire margined to coarsely toothed, and spatulate in shape. The basal leaves are up to 2.5 cm long and 1 cm wide. The flower stem is single or occasionally branched into two or three stems at the base of the leaves. I've notice vigorously branched and almost bushy plants in areas burnt the previous year.

The flower heads are daisy-like, with 5-13 (usually 8) yellow rays 4-10 mm in length, and numerous yellow disk flowers. The disk is typically about 1 cm wide.

Gold stars bloom from March into May.


Habitat:

Gold stars are found on moist banks and fields, sandy plains, and cliff ledges which dry during the summer.


Range:

Gold stars are found from Vancouver Island south through Puget Sound and west of the Cascades to northern California and southwestern Oregon. East of the Cascades it extends up the Columbia River Gorge to the western base of the Blue Mts in Walla Walla County, WA and Umatilla County, OR. It also extends northward into the Yakima River basin into Kittitas County, WA, and southward to northern Deschutes County, OR.


Common Spring-gold, Gold Star, Gold Stars, Spring Gold: Crocidium multicaule - Habitat of Common Spring-gold, Gold Star, Gold Stars, Spring Gold: Crocidium multicaule

Gold stars blooming enmasse atop a small butte next to the Esau Corral at Cottonwood Canyon State Park.........February 20, 2016.

Common Spring-gold, Gold Star, Gold Stars, Spring Gold: Crocidium multicaule - Common Spring-gold, Gold Star, Gold Stars, Spring Gold: Crocidium multicaule

Close-up images of the stem leaves, woolly hairs on the lower stem and bracts immediately below the floral head of gold stars as seen about 1 mile east of Celilo, OR..........March 6, 2006.

Common Spring-gold, Gold Star, Gold Stars, Spring Gold: Crocidium multicaule

The photo above shows a mass of gold stars on the shrub steppe at Upper Cowiche Canyon, a BLM site on the western outskirts of Yakima, WA............March 28, 2007.

Flower heads of Common Spring-gold, Gold Star, Gold Stars, Spring Gold: Crocidium multicaule

Close-ups of the flower heads of gold stars as seen on the slopes above Canyon Creek in the Klickitat State Wildlife Area of south-central Washington...........May 8, 2009.

Paul Slichter