Thursday, July 3, 2008

Native Plants Of California ~ #2 In A Series

Mentzelia lindleyi is a scraggly one to two foot annual with dandelion-like leaves on somewhat hairy stems. This California native makes up for its mundane foliage with the beauty of its flowers. Bright yellow, five petaled and star shaped, these beautiful flowers are nicknamed "Blazing Stars". The flowers open in the evening , bloom all night and into the next morning, and then close again at noon. They're found across our coastal ranges and into Arizona. They produce many seeds, self sow easily and are a favorite of rock gardeners, as they thrive with low water. The first plant in this series, the flowering bulb California brodiaea, would be beautiful paired with blazing stars, as a purple/yellow combination in the garden is both striking and complimentary.

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