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Chaenactis artemisiifolia ~ White Pincushion

Chaenactis artemisiifolia is a robust annual growing 18" or more tall and when conditions are prime up to 6' tall. Chaenactis artemisiifolia grows in disturbed soil along pathways and after fires. The fragrant finely divided leaves form a basil rosette and grow less densly up the stalk of the plant. The White Pincushion shows off its white flowers in the early Spring. Wildflowers in our area are best planted with the first of the rains in the Fall. Chaenactis artemisiifolia is a fine addition to the Butterfly Garden attracting the Painted Lady Butterfly, California Common Ringlet, Mormon Metalmark, Gray Hairstreak, Great Purple Hairstreak, Northern White Skipper, and the White Checkered Skipper.

Chaenactis artemisiifolia, White Pincushion

Flowers and foliage of Chaenactis artemisiifolia the White Pincushion. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.