Spanish Needles

Common Names:
Spanish Needles
Scientific name:
Palafoxia arida
Subspecies | Variants:
P. arida var. gigantea
Elevation range:
-100 - 2500 ft.
Flowering Months:
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September
Height | Length:
6-30 in.
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Sonoran

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Spanish Needle in the desert

Palafoxia arida is an annual herb with erect stems and light pink disc flowers with purple and pink reproductive parts. Phyllaries and stem are glandular hairy. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 2010

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Spanish Needle in the desert

The stems of Palafoxia arida are slender and branching. Mature flowers split open and seeds are free to be taken by the wind. Box Canyon Rd, CA | February 2015

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Spanish Needle in the desert

Palafoxia arida leaves are long and lance-shaped and grayish-green in color. Stems are erect, and the plant can grow as tall as 6 ft. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | March 5, 2016