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Rafinesquia neomexicana

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Species Name: Rafinesquia neomexicana
Common Name: California chicory, New Mexico plumseed, desert chicory

Beautiful white dahlia-like flowers on this desert-loving annual

Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Type: Annual
Height by Width: 4-15 inches H
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Dry, well-drained
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to: 4,600'
Flower Season: February to May
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Californian Deserts
Natural Habitat: Gravelly and sandy desert soils, often partially supported in branches of shrubs

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