Plateau Goldeneye

Viguiera dentata

Tooth-leaf Goldeneye, Chimalacate

About This Plant

Sun or shade. Plateau Goldeneye is one of the few species in the sunflower family that will bloom in bright shade as well as sun, making it a versatile plant in any large garden. It’s a showy fall bloomer with golden, daisy-shaped flowers relished by a multitude of pollinators; see it along roadsides in Central Texas every October. Goldeneye’s form depends on sun exposure. In full sun it can grow into a large, stout bush; in shade it has a lankier habit. Plateau Goldeneye is more common in the wild than in nurseries, but it can be obtained from specialty native plant vendors in central Texas.

Origins: Central Texas to Arizona, and south to Central America


None required; needs very little water and tolerates all soil types. If it is left uncut, it provides forage for seed-eating birds throughout the winter. It reseeds easily and can form a nice colony if desired. Otherwise, cut it to the ground in winter.

A standout on autumn roadsides, this sunflower species can bloom even in shade.

Min. Height: 3'

Max Height: 6 feet'

Min. Width: 3'

Max Width: 6 feet'

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