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Jewel Flower

Streptanthus carinatus

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Annual
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
6"-1' × 6"
Flowering Season March-May
Flower Color White (sometimes yellow)
Minimum Temperature Range 15-20 °F
Leaf Description Lyrate, which is a cool botany word for a leaf shaped like a lyre. But how many of us know what a lyre looks like? A better metaphor would be the foliage of kale, to which jewel flower is related.
Fruit Thin pod
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Elevation Range 1500-4500 ft.
Description An annual wildflower found primarily in southern Arizona. Plants thrive on rocky slopes after winter/spring rains. The blooms are typically white though sometimes yellow, and consist of four petals which come together to form an urn shape with the edges of the petals puckered. Leaves are lobed with the terminal lobe larger then others and rounded (lyrate, think kale leaf).