Tahoka Daisy with bugs, City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM, April 3, 2015

Tahoka Daisy with Bugs

City of Rocks State Park, Faywood NM

April 3, 2015

Tahoka Daisy With Bugs

Bugs are fond of these flowers and so am I. The False Tahoka Daisy described below is fairly common here too. I'll see if I can get a picture for comparison but I'm not sure I can get one worth posting. The False Tahoka Daisies are not very photogenic.

Tahoka Daisy, Tansy Aster - Machaeranthera tanacetifolia

Branched stems with fern-like leaves ending in flower heads with many bright purple, very narrow rays surrounding a yellow central disk. Tahoka-daisy is a low, spreading, 6-12 in. annual with delicate but showy, aster-like flowers. Numerous lavender rays surround a yellow center. The stems are densely covered with sharp-pointed, deeply cut leaves which appear fern-like. Plants often form clumps or mounds.

The fern-like leaves of this beautiful species make it one of the easiest to identify in a complex group. False Tahoka Daisy (M. parviflora) is similar but has smaller flower heads, each with a central disk only 1/4-1/2 (6-13 mm) wide, and less elaborately divided leaves; it occurs from Utah south to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico.


Unidentified Bugs

Anyone know what the bugs are?