Whispering Bells

Common Names:
Whispering Bells
Scientific name:
Emmenanthe penduliflora
Elevation range:
< 6,600 ft.
Flowering Months:
February, March, April, May, June
Height | Length:
4 - 34 in.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Annual
State Occurrences:
Parks & Preserves:
Desert region:
Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran

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Whispering Bells in the desert

Emmenanthe penduliflora has yellow bell-shaped flowers with 5 hairy sepals. Leaves are deeply lobed and form a basal rosette. Anza Borrego Desert State Park | February 2015

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Whispering Bells in the desert

Mature flowers of Emmenanthe penduliflora have papery texture and hang as pendants from threadlike pedicels, making a rustling sound when the wind blows giving it a fitting common name. Stems and sepals become reddish with age as well.  Burns Canyon May 2016