|Desert Sunflower, Geraea canescens By A Fence|
|Desert Sunflower, Geraea canescens|
Slender, Hairy Plant
That Grows 1 To 3 Feet High.
Blooms February Through May.
|Flowers Composed Of 10 To 20|
Surrounding The Golden Disk.
|Flowers Loved By Bees And Birds|
Good Source Of Pollen (Protein).
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The desert sunflower has a yellow sunflower-like flower, each flower on a slender, hairy stem. It grows 1-3 feet high. The leaves are gray-green and grow to 3 inches long. It flowers February through May after sufficient rainfall. It also will flower in October to November following good summer rains.
Geraea canescens is native to western North America, specifically Arizona, Nevada, California, and Utah. A drought-avoiding annual plant, it can be found in the California, Mojave, and Sonoran Deserts. It grows from sea level to 4,265 feet in sandy desert soil in the company of creosote brush.
It is a colorful annual popular with bees and birds, while the seeds are an important food source for birds and rodents.
Height: Up to about 12 to 36 inches. Spreading out to about 32 inches wide.
Flowers: Two-inch, golden-yellow flower heads appear at the ends of branches. Flowers are composed of 10 to 20 oblong rays surrounding the golden disk.
Flowering Time: February to May, October to November.
Leaves: Gray-green, ovate, leaves grow to 3 inches long and have toothed margins.
Found: Native of the southwestern Great Plains of North America. the southwest, and northern Mexico.
Soil pH requirements:
Elevation: 0 - 4,265 Feet.
Habitat: Alkaline, well-drained/light soils. Dry slopes and washes in the desert environs, where it occupies open, sandy washes bajadas, and roadsides. Up to and including some oak woodland areas.
Miscellaneous: Flowering Photos Taken April 29, 2003. Skunk Creek Wash In Glendale, Arizona.
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