MENTZELIA lindleyi (Blazing Star) is a perennial flowering plant native to western North America. Blazing Star is a herbaceous perennial, meaning it lives for multiple years. It belongs to the Loasaceae family, which includes plants known for their showy flowers.
Blazing Star forms an upright plant with slender, branching stems that can reach heights of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm). The plant produces lanceolate or linear-shaped leaves that are green and can be covered in fine hairs. The flowers are the highlight of this plant, with large, showy blooms. The petals are usually bright yellow, and the center of the flower is adorned with numerous stamens, giving it a star-like appearance.
Blazing Star typically blooms in the summer, generally between June and August. The blooming period may vary depending on the local climate and growing conditions. The flower also attracts pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, with its nectar-rich blooms.
Blazing Star thrives in full sun and prefers well-draining soil. It can tolerate various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. It is adapted to dry, arid conditions and is commonly found in desert, foothill, and mountainous regions.
Blazing Star, with its striking yellow flowers and upright growth habit, is an eye-catching perennial plant that brings beauty and resilience to dry and arid environments. Its adaptability to various soil types and preference for full sun make it a versatile choice for water-wise gardens and native plant landscapes in arid regions.
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Scientific Name: Mentzelia Lindleyi
Common Name: Blazing Star, Evening Star
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: California
Height: 12-48 "
Spread: 12 "
Exposure: Full Sun or Partial Shade
Blooming Season: Early Summer to Late Summer
Flower: Cut Flower, Fragrant
Flower Color: Bright Yellow
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Rock, Sand, Loam
Soil pH: 7.0 to 8.0
Tolerate: Heat, Wind, Poor Soils
Uses: Slopes or flats, Woodlands, Bee Gardens