Wildflowers of the Mojave Desert: Xylorhiza Tortifolia


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Xylorhiza Tortifolia
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There are relatively few aster-type species in desert areas, but the most common species is xylorhiza tortifolia, the Mojave aster. The large, pink to purple flowerheads are produced singly at the end of short stems that have leaves mostly around the base. Occasionally the petals are pure white. Plants grow in rocky or sandy areas at medium elevations, in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.

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