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New Mexico Plumseed, Desert Chicory
Scientific Name: Rafinesquia neomexicana Gray
Family: Asteraceae
New Mexico Plumseed, Desert Chicory (Rafinesquia  neomexicana)
Rafinesquia neomexicana, ©Gary A. Monroe. Mojave Desert Preserve, San Bernardino Co., CA. April 18, 2003
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones

Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade

Origin: Southwestern USA (Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Utah), northern Mexico, at 200 to 3000 feet elevation (60-900 m)

Growth Habits: Annual, up to 20 inches tall (50 cm); basal leaves deeply pinnately lobed, 2 to 8 inches long (5-20 cm), stem leaves shorter, sometimes entire.

Watering Needs: Little water

Propagation: Seeds

The genus is named after the 19th century botanist Constantine Samuel Rafinesque-Schmaltz.

Rafinesquia neomexicana, ©Gary A. Monroe. Mojave Desert Preserve, San Bernardino Co., CA. April 18, 2003

Blooming Habits:
Large showy white flowers, 1 to 1.6 inches wide (2.5-4 cm), at the end of weak stems. They have pink violet stripes on the petal (ray flowers) undersides. They come in February to May

Fruiting Habits:

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