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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Mentzelia lindleyi Torr. & A. Gray
Lindley's blazingstar, Evening star
Loasaceae (Blazingstar Family)
USDA Symbol: MELI4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A single-stalked or branched and straggling annual, 1-2 ft. high, with hairy, dandelion-like leaves scattered along the hairy stems. Bright-yellow, fragrant flowers with numerous stamens are borne in terminal racemes. The 5-petaled, star-shaped flowers come out in the evening and usually close by noon of the next day.
Lindleys Blazingstar will tolerate heat, wind, and poor soils as long the drainage is good, otherwise the plants are prone to root rot. This species is most attractive when planted in large areas, rather than confined to small spaces. Mentzelia crocea is similar, occuring on exposed rocky sites in the central and southern Sierra foothills.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
Coast Ranges from Alameda Co. to Santa Clara Co., e. to w. Stanislaus & Fresno Cos.; an occasional escape
elsewhere Native Habitat:
Rocky slopes below 2500 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Ssp. crocea is similar, occuring on exposed rocky sites in the c. & s. Sierra foothills. Blazing star will tolerate heat, wind, and poor soils as long the drainage is good, otherwise the plants are prone to root rot. This species is most attractive when planted in large areas, rather than confined to small spaces.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed sown in late fall or early winter.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2012-07-17
Research By: TWC Staff