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Weevil Prairie Dandelion
Nothocalais troximoides
About Weevil Prairie Dandelion (Nothocalais troximoides) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Nothocalais troximoides is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common name sagebrush false dandelion. It is native to western North America, including British Columbia and the northwestern United States, where it grows in sagebrush and other plateau and mountain habitat types. It is a perennial herb growing from a thick caudex and producing a woolly stem up to about 25 centiemeters tall. The leaves are located around the base of the stem and often have crinkled wavy edges, and sometimes a thin coat of small hairs. They measure up to 30 centimeters long. The flower cluster is a flower head lined with green, sometimes purple-speckled, phyllaries and containing many yellow ray florets and no disc florets. The fruit is a cylindrical achene up to 1.3 centimeters long not including the large pappus of up to 30 silvery white bristles which may be an additional two centimeters in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

0.8 - 1.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Green, Purple

Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open, rocky places

Annual Precipitation: 11.6" - 33.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.79" - 2.30", Coldest Month: 25.6" - 39.9", Hottest Month: 56.3" - 66.7", Humidity: 0.50" - 20.42", Elevation: 2654" - 6821"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Sagebrush False Dandelion

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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