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Variegated Bract Blazingstar
Mentzelia montana
About Variegated Bract Blazingstar (Mentzelia montana) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Mentzelia montana, known by the common name variegated bract blazingstar, is a species of flowering plant in the family Loasaceae. The plant is native to much of western North America including the western United States and northern Mexico. It is a member of the flora in many types of habitat, including coniferous forests, chaparral, sagebrush scrub, and deserts. Mentzelia montana is an annual herb producing an erect stem approaching 0. 5 metres (1. 6 ft) in maximum height. The leaves are mostly unlobed, the longest in the basal rosette up to 13 centimeters long and those higher on the stem reduced in size. The inflorescence is a narrow series of clusters of small flowers, each flower accompanied by a single toothed bract with a white base and green tip. The five yellow petals of the flower are up to 7 millimeters long and are sometimes marked with red at the bases. The fruit is a narrow utricle up to 2 centimeters containing several tiny, angular seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

1.6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, White, Green, Red

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 7.0" - 53.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.21" - 4.46", Coldest Month: 25.5" - 53.8", Hottest Month: 46.3" - 80.5", Humidity: 0.70" - 31.50", Elevation: 575" - 10943"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Variegated-bract 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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