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Malacothrix saxatilis var. saxatilis

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Species Name: Malacothrix saxatilis var. saxatilis
Common Name: Cliff aster or cliff desert dandelion

Beautiful, open fast-growing perennial. Good for rock garden, sunny slope, or perennial bed.

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type:
Height by Width: 3'h x
Growth Habit: Much-branched with few leaves
Deciduous/Evergreen: deciduous
Growth Rate:
Sun Exposure: Sun
Soil Preference: Dry to semi-dry
Water Requirements:
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring-Fall; occasionally all year
Flower Color: White, fading to pink
Endangered?:
Distribution: Coastal California from San Benito, Monterey Counties to San Diego County; Channel Islands
Natural Habitat: Open or disturbed areas in Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Sand Dunes below 6000'



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