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Malacothrix glabrata - Desert Dandelion

Malacothrix glabrata, the Desert Dandelion is one of the most common of the desert spring wildflowers. The Desert Dandelion 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. Malacothrix glabrata often only produces one yellow flower that could be less than half an inch wide on a tough year, but will be an inch or more on a good year. What the Desert Dandelion lacks in size it makes up for in numbers. Scatter Malacothrix glabrata seeds with the first significant Fall rain. Malacothrix glabrata is a fine addition to the Spring Butterfly Garden attracting the White Checkered Skipper, Great Purple Hairstreak, California Common Ringlet, Mormon Metalmark, and the Painted Lady Butterflies.

Malacothrix glabrata, Desert Dandelion

Single yellow flower of Malacothrix glabrata - Desert Dandylion. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Malacothrix glabrata, Desert Dandelion

A mass of Malacothrix glabrata - Desert Dandylion.