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Chaenactis xantiana

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Species Name: Chaenactis xantiana
Common Name: Xantus Pincushion Flower

A pincushion flower with pale yellow to orange small flowers.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Annual
Height by Width: 6-19 in. H x 6-12 in. W
Growth Habit: Basal rosette
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 1,400' to 7,000'
Flower Season: Spring to early summer
Flower Color: Pale Yellow to pale Orange
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Southern Sierra Nevada, South Coast Ranges, Transverse Ranges, Great Basin Floristic Province, western Mojave Desert
Natural Habitat: Sandy soil


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