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New Mexico Plumseed
Rafinesquia neomexicana
About New Mexico Plumseed (Rafinesquia neomexicana) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Rafinesquia neomexicana is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family. Common names include Desert Chicory, Plumeseed or New Mexico Plumeseed. Plants are gray-green with sparse foliage and are between 15 and 50 centimeter high. Basal leaves are 5 to 20 centimeter long and pinnate with narrow lobes while leaves further up the stem are smaller. White flowerheads appear at the end of the stems between May and June in the species native range.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.49 - 1.6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 2 confirmed , 1 likely * ) SHOW ALL
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Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Gravelly and sandy desert places

Annual Precipitation: 2.3" - 33.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.28" - 2.57", Coldest Month: 36.2" - 63.2", Hottest Month: 62.4" - 90.0", Humidity: 2.61" - 47.80", Elevation: -136" - 6349"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Desert Chickory, Desert Chicory, New Mexico Plumeseed

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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