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Caulanthus inflatus

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Species Name: Caulanthus inflatus
Common Name: Desert Candle

A spectacular annual growing up to 2 1/2 ' in height, with a thick, swollen stem that looks like a yellow candle.

Plant Family: Brassicaceae
Plant Type: Annual
Height by Width: to 27" H
Growth Habit: upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 500' to 5,000'
Flower Season: Spring/Fall
Flower Color: Red to Deep Purple plume with White flowers on stalk
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Southern Sierra Nevada Foothills (Kern Co.), Westwrn edge of Central and Southern San Joaquin Valley, Inner South Coast Ranges, North Western Transverse Ranges (uncommon), Southwestern Mojave Desert (common)
Natural Habitat: Open, sandy plains to rocky slopes

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