Plant Ecoregion Distribution Map (hover for ecoregion names)
Native Habitat: Grassland
Central Great Plains, Chihuahuan Deserts, Cross Timbers, East Central Texas Plains, Edwards Plateau, Gulf Coast Prairies and Marshes, High Plains, Southern Texas Plains, Southwestern Tablelands, Texas Blackland Prairies, Western Gulf Coastal Plain
Winter: allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds. Blooms April to June. Ripened seeds are a food source for painted bunting, larval and nectar plant for butterflies. Annual to short lived, long flowering perennial.
Greenthread has yellow, daisy like flowers. The name refers to the thread-like appearance of the foliage. Annual or short-lived perennial that grows in colonies. Many butterflies feed on this nectar plant that blooms profusely from April to June. Habitat notes: Prefers disturbed sites in dry, sandy or gravelly soil. Larval Host: Dainty Yellow Sulfur.
Sand, Loam, Rocky, Dry
Nectar, Larval Host
Butterflies, Nectar Insects, Bees
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1) Griffith, Bryce, Omernick & Rodgers (2007). Ecoregions of Texas. 2) Wasowski and Wasowski, Native Texas Plants Landscaping Region by Region, 1991, pg. 165. 3) https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=THFI. 4) https://portal.torcherbaria.org/portal/taxa/index.php?taxon=Thelesperma+filifolium&formsubmit=Search+Terms. 5) http://bonap.net/TDC/Image/Map?taxonType=Species&taxonId=4645&locationType=County&mapType=Normal, 6) https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=38521#null
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