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Woolly Dandelion
Malacothrix floccifera
About Woolly Dandelion (Malacothrix floccifera) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Malacothrix floccifera is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common name woolly desertdandelion. It is native to many of the northern and central mountain ranges of California, including the Sierra Nevada, where its distribution extends into Nevada. Its habitat includes forest, woodland, and chaparral. It is an annual herb producing a hairless flowering stem up to about 42 centimeters in maximum height. The fleshy oblong leaves are cut into teeth or lobes and have cottony patches of woolly fibers. The flower cluster is an array of flower heads lined with hairless phyllaries. The ray florets are up to 1.5 centimeters long and are often white, but sometimes yellow.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

1.4 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, White

Wildlife Supported

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Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
2, 3, 7*, 8, 9, 14*, 15, 16, 18*, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open places with loose soil

Annual Precipitation: 8.7" - 90.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.42", Coldest Month: 24.5" - 51.6", Hottest Month: 51.7" - 78.3", Humidity: 0.04" - 26.81", Elevation: 3" - 8798"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Woolly Desertdandelion, Wooly Desert Dandelion

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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