The distinctive white flowers of rafinesquia neomexicana
consist of many overlapping petals, flattened and toothed at the tip, becoming smaller towards the center and with whitish stamens in the middle. The outermost are about 2/3 of an inch in length. Petal bases have a yellowish tint, while the undersides of the larger petals have light pink or purple bands. The flower head is supported by greenish bracts, the outer ones (at the base) small and curled backwards. Leaves are few in number, concentrated around ground level.