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Desert Pincushion
Chaenactis stevioides
  
About Desert Pincushion (Chaenactis stevioides) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Chaenactis stevioides is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by the common names Esteve's pincushion and desert pincushion. It is native to the Great Basin of the United States and the southwestern deserts extending into Mexico, where it grows in open arid and semiarid habitat. It is "among the most abundant spring wildflowers in the higher Mojave Desert and southern Great Basin." This is an annual herb growing one or more erect stems up to about 45 centimeters tall. The stems are hairy with cobwebby fibers which thin with age. The leaves reach several centimeters in length and are divided into many subdivided lobes. The flower cluster bears several flower heads on a tall peduncle. Each head is lined with rigid, hairy and hairy phyllaries and filled with white, pink, or pale yellow flowers. The flowers around the edges are larger and open-faced, and the ones in the center of the head are smaller and somewhat tubular in shape. The fruit is an achene with a pappus of scales.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Size
Size
1.5 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Cream, Yellow, Pink

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open places

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 2.7" - 46.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.13" - 4.49", Coldest Month: 29.7" - 62.5", Hottest Month: 54.1" - 89.1", Humidity: 0.99" - 42.79", Elevation: -128" - 10426"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Esteve's Pincushion, Steve's Dusty Maiden, Steve's Dustymaiden


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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