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Mentzelia laevicaulis

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Species Name: Mentzelia laevicaulis
Common Name: Blazing Star

One of California's showiest flowers, Blazing Star produces large bright yellow flowers along a 3 to 4 foot stem in second year. Be sure to stop watering as soon as flower begins to bolt.

Plant Family:
Plant Type: Biennial
Height by Width: 3-4' H x 1' W
Growth Habit: Upright from basal rosette
Deciduous/Evergreen:
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 8000'
Flower Season: June - October
Flower Color: Yellow
Endangered?:
Distribution: Throughout CA, except Central Valley and Colorado Desert
Natural Habitat: Sandy to rocky slopes, washes, roadcuts below 8000'



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