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Desert Chicory, New Mexico Plumeseed

Rafinesquia neomexicana

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Annual
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
1' × 4-6"
Flowering Season March-May
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 20-25 °F
Leaf Description Clasping to stem, narrow and long
Fruit Hairy achenes (dry single seeded fruit)
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Elevation Range 200-3500 ft.
Description A fairly common wildflower in southern, central, and western Arizona. The plant has clasping, narrow leaves, and a thin stalk which is capped by a white many-petalled flower like a white dandelion. This species is partial to thin, rocky soil and reliably germinates from seed, but can be prone to rot.