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Chaenactis macrantha

Chaenactis macrantha D.C. Eaton

Bighead Dustymaiden, Showy Dustymaidens, Mojave Pincushion

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 14 inches tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: No ray florets present, only disc florets.


USA: AZ , CA , ID , NV , OR , UT

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter 1989 VOL. 6, NO.3 - Butterfly Gardens, Director\'s Report, Proper Care Gives Staying Power to Cut Fl...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Chaenactis macrantha in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Chaenactis macrantha in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Chaenactis macrantha


Record Modified: 2018-12-11
Research By: CBR

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