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Rafinesquia neomexicana - Desert Chicory, New Mexico Plumeseed

Rafinesquia neomexicana, the Desert Chicory is one of the common desert spring wildflowers. The other common name for this plant is New Mexico Plumeseed, the seedhead is shown in the second photo. Rafinesquia neomexicana grows up to a foot tall or a little more on a good year. Plants often start in the protective shade of a shrub and reach out for the sun. Rafinesquia neomexicana has a spray of flowers often supported by growing through the branches of a low shrub. Rafinesquia neomexicana is native to the Southern California deserts and through the Southwest. Scatter wildflower seeds with the first significant fall rain.

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Rafinesquia neomexicana, Desert Chicory, New Mexico Plumeseed

Rafinesquia neomexicana, Desert Chicory, New Mexico Plumeseed