Smallhead snakeweed, a small native shrub, grows in the Rincon Valley and surrounding mountains. Its small form and slow growth make it an attractive plant though it is probably not available commercially. Bright yellow flowers cover the plant, usually in October.
Smallhead snakeweed prefers well-drained sandy, rocky, or gravelly soils and full sun.
Notes: Related species broom snakeweed (Gutierrezia sarothrae) and late snakeweed (Gutierrezia serotina) can be distinguished from smallhead snakeweed by their larger flower heads, with more ray flowers (3 or more) and more disc flowers.
Large numbers of snakeweed on rangeland are an indication of overgrazing. This plant can be toxic to sheep, cattle, and goats.
Wildlife value: Flowers attract small insects
Weekly Plant on smallhead snakeweed
Information from US Forest Service (includes information on livestock toxicity)