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Lindley's Blazing Star
Mentzelia lindleyi
About Lindley's Blazing Star (Mentzelia lindleyi) Nurseries Show All Photos Mentzelia lindleyi, (Lindley's blazingstar, Evening Star, or Blazing Star) is an annual wildflower in the Loasaceae family. This family is comprised mainly of tropical species with only a few genera in California. Mentzelia lindleyi is found in the coast ranges of California and scattered locations elsewhere including Arizona, at elevations below 4,000 ft. It is a plant 1-2 feet tall with large, bright 5-petal flowers that resemble Dogwood or Flannelbush, although both are in different families. Flowers are up to 3 in. in diameter and contain numerous stamen. Individual plants can produce many flowers which open in the afternoon. It develops a taproot but is said to do well in containers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1 - 2 ft (0.3 - 0.6 m)

Max. Width
1 ft (0.3 m)

Growth Rate

Flower Color

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky, open slopes or flats, openings in woodlands

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
13' - 6663'

Annual Precip. ?
8.4" - 48.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 1.36"

Coldest Month ?
33.0° F - 53.7° F

Hottest Month ?
57.6° F - 79.3° F

Humidity ?
1.00 vpd - 28.02 vpd

Soil Description
Performs best in sandy soil

Soil PH
7.0 - 8.0

Fast, Medium

Sunset Zones ?
4, 5, 6, 7*, 8, 9*, 10, 11, 14*, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Companion Plants
Use in open areas between trees or shrubs such as Madrone (Arbutus menziesii), Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.), Ceanothus sp., Buckwheat (Eriogonum sp.), Coffeeberry (Frangula sp.), Silktassel bush (Garrya), White Pitcher Sage (Lepechinia calycina), Mallow (Malacothamnus sp.), Bush Monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus), Oaks (Quercus sp.), Currant/Gooseberry (Ribes sp.), and Nightshades (Solanum sp.)

Works well in a wildflower meadow garden with other annuals or perennials such as Lupine (Lupinus sp.), Poppies (Papaver or Eschscholzia sp.), Owl's Clover (Castilleja exserta), Clarkia sp., Chinese Houses (Collinsia sp,), Gilia sp., and many others

Butterflies ?

Protogygia album Image
Protogygia albumProtogygia album

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Flowering season may be extended by deadheading

Propagation ?
By seed

Common uses
Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Lindley's Blazingstar

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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