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Small Flowered Blazing Star
Mentzelia albicaulis
  
About Small Flowered Blazing Star (Mentzelia albicaulis) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Mentzelia albicaulis is a species of flowering plants in the family Loasaceae known by the common name whitestem blazing star. It is native to much of western North America, where it grows in mountain, desert, and plateau habitat. It is an annual herb producing a stem up to 42 centimeters long, sometimes growing erect. The leaves are up to 11 centimeters long in the basal rosette, divided into even comblike lobes, and smaller farther up on the plant. The flower has five shiny yellow petals 2 to 7 millimeters long each. The fruit is a narrow, straight or curving utricle 1 to 3 centimeters long. It contains many angular seeds covered in tiny bumps.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Size
Size
1.4 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Nurseries
Nurseries

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Gravelly places

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 2.4" - 47.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 3.89", Coldest Month: 25.8" - 61.4", Hottest Month: 50.8" - 89.3", Humidity: 0.54" - 46.55", Elevation: -175" - 9679"

Alternative Names
Common Names: White Blazingstar, Whitestem Blazing Star, Whitestem Blazingstar, Whitestem Stickleaf


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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