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Malacothrix saxatilis var. commutata

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Species Name: Malacothrix saxatilis var. commutata
Common Name: Cliff Desert Dandelion

A perennial spring wildflower good for butterfly gardens. Usually summer deciduous--may stay evergeen with occasional water.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2-3' H x 2-3' W
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Drought-deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Distribution: South Coast Ranges
Natural Habitat: Crumbling shale along roadcuts, in canyons, chaparral, foothill woodland, between 600' and 4800'


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