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Sowthistle Desertdandelion
Malacothrix sonchoides
About Sowthistle Desertdandelion (Malacothrix sonchoides) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Malacothrix sonchoides is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common name sowthistle desertdandelion. It is native to much of the western United States, where it grows in sandy woodland and plateau habitat and along the edges of the deserts. It is an annual herb producing a hairless, waxy stem up to about 40 centimeters in maximum height. The fleshy leaves have wide toothed lobes along the edges. The flower cluster is an array of flower heads lined with sparsely hairy phyllaries. The ray florets are just over a centimeter long and generally bright yellow in color.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

1.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

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Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sandy places

Annual Precipitation: 3.0" - 12.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 1.98", Coldest Month: 30.3" - 53.8", Hottest Month: 52.5" - 85.7", Humidity: 2.18" - 41.74", Elevation: 1070" - 8718"

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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