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Emmenanthe penduliflora var. penduliflora

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Species Name: Emmenanthe penduliflora var. penduliflora
Common Name: Whispering Bells

This annual has nodding, bell-shaped flowers. The flowers dry to a cream color on the plant and make papery, whispering sounds in the wind.

Plant Family: Hydrophyllaceae
Plant Type: Annual
Height by Width: 20" H
Growth Habit: Spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Drought deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Dry
Water Requirements: Drought tolerant
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: High North Coast Ranges, Inner North Coast Ranges, c&s Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley, Central Western California, Southwestern California, East of Sierra Nevada, Desert
Natural Habitat: Common in dry, recently burned areas; germination of the seeds may be triggered by the presence of burned plant material. 0' to 7,200'

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