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Smooth Desertdandelion
Malacothrix glabrata
About Smooth Desertdandelion (Malacothrix glabrata) Nurseries Show All Photos Malacothrix glabrata is a species of dicotyledonous flowering plant known generally as the smooth desert dandelion or desert dandelion. The species is native to the western United States, excluding much of the Pacific Northwest, and into northern Mexico. M. glabrata is typically 5 to 15 inches tall with a 1.5 to 2.5 inch flower head. Its fragrant, daisy-like flowers are in shades of yellow or white, and undeveloped flowers have a red "button" in the center of the flower head.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.42 - 1.3 ft (0.13 - 0.4 m)

Flower Color
Yellow, White

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Gravelly soils, open places


Elevation ?
-163' - 7469'

Annual Precip. ?
2.5" - 36.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.13" - 2.92"

Coldest Month ?
28.6° F - 61.4° F

Hottest Month ?
57.9° F - 90.0° F

Humidity ?
1.07 vpd - 47.12 vpd


Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3*, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11, 14*, 15*, 16*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22, 23

Butterflies ?

Heliolonche pictipennis Image
Heliolonche pictipennisHeliolonche pictipennis
Cucullia comstocki Image
Cucullia comstockiCucullia comstocki
Heliolonche joaquinensis Image
Heliolonche joaquinensisHeliolonche joaquinensis

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Other Names
Common Names
Smooth 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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