The Mojave and Sonoran Deserts, and adjacent areas
Open hillsides, roadsides, washes, often after wildfires; up to 7,000 feet
Alternate, up to 4 inches long and around one inch wide, pinnately lobed
Emmenanthe penduliflora, the only species in its genus, is an annual plant whose foliage is covered in sticky, glandular hairs, and exudes a distinct aroma. Leaves grow at the base and along the stem; they are angled upwards, and deeply lobed, almost to the midvein. Upper stem leaves are stalkless and clasping, while those at the base have short stalks.
The inflorescence is a terminal cluster of flowers, borne at the end of slender, curving pedicels less than one inch long (slightly longer when in fruit). The calyx is formed of five green, lance-shaped sepals, fused only around the base. The corolla is colored yellow or cream, and opens to five short, rounded lobes. The five stamens and the two-lobed style do not project beyond the lobes. The common name whispering bells refers to the rustling noise made when a breeze blows over the dry, papery corolla, after the flowers have withered.