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Shining Blazingstar
Mentzelia nitens
  
About Shining Blazingstar (Mentzelia nitens) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Mentzelia nitens is a species of flowering plant in the family Loasaceae known by the common names shining blazingstar and Venus blazingstar. It is native to the Mojave Desert and adjacent desert and mountain areas of eastern California and southern Nevada. It is an annual herb producing an erect, whitish-green, sometimes slightly hairy stem up to about 34 centimeters in maximum height. The lobed leaves are up to 15 centimeters long in the basal rosette, and those higher on the stem are reduced in size and sometimes unlobed. It is an annual herb producing an erect, whitish-green, sometimes slightly hairy stem up to about 34 centimeters in maximum height. The lobed leaves are up to 15 centimeters long in the basal rosette, and those higher on the stem are reduced in size and sometimes unlobed. The inflorescence is a cluster of a few bright yellow flowers with petals up to 1. 5 centimeters long and sometimes marked with red near the bases. The fruit is a narrow, curving utricle up to 2. 6 centimeters in length which contains many minute seeds which are bumpy under magnification.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Size
Size
1.1 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, Red

Wildlife Supported
 


 
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Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 3.2" - 12.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.31" - 2.02", Coldest Month: 29.1" - 60.4", Hottest Month: 61.0" - 87.7", Humidity: 1.30" - 41.88", Elevation: 647" - 6857"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Shining Blazing Star, Venus Blazing Star, Venus 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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