Desert Chicory

Common Names:
Desert Chicory
Scientific name:
Rafinesquia neomexicana
Elevation range:
< 5,800 ft.
Flowering Months:
February, March, April, May, June
Height | Length:
6-24 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Chihuahuan, Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran

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Desert Chicory in the desert

Rafinesquia neomexicana with unknown lacewing-type insects. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 2011    

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Desert Chicory in the desert

Rafinesquia neomexicana has strap-shaped white petals that are toothed at the tip, and a small yellow spot at the base. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 2010    

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Desert Chicory in the desert

Rafinesquia neomexicana are a member of the Asteraceae (Sunflower) family. The white ray flowers have pink stripes on the underside. Leaves are reduced in size on the upper stems of the plant. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 2, 2010  

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Desert Chicory in the desert

Rafinesquia neomexicana bud illustrating pink/purple color bands on underside of petals and curled outer bracts. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 2014    

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Desert Chicory in the desert

Native bee pollinator on Rafinesquia neomexicana. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 2, 2010   

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Desert Chicory  in the desert

This Solitary bee appears to be sleeping in the flower of Rafinesquia neomexicana. Anza Borrego Desert State Park, CA | March 2014