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Mojave Ragwort
Senecio mohavensis
About Mojave Ragwort (Senecio mohavensis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Senecio mohavensis is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common name Mojave ragwort. It is native to the deserts of the American southwest around the intersection of California and Nevada with Arizona, its distribution extending across the border into northern Mexico. It grows in sandy and rocky habitat. It is an annual herb producing a single branching erect stem up to 30 or 40 centimeters in maximum height from a twisted taproot. It is mostly hairless and green to purple in color. The leaves have lobed or toothed blades a few centimeters long, the lower on short petioles and those higher on the plant with wide bases that clasp the stem. The inflorescence is a spreading array of several flower heads filled with yellow disc florets. Some heads have tiny ray florets that may be tucked out of view within the phyllaries.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual Herb

1 - 1.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 2.9" - 21.9", Summer Precipitation: 0.41" - 2.49", Coldest Month: 42.3" - 61.1", Hottest Month: 66.8" - 89.1", Humidity: 3.36" - 41.91", Elevation: -120" - 5300"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Mohave Groundsel

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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