Gravel ghost

Atrichoseris platyphylla


Gravel ghost

Color: White

Common name: Gravel ghost

Latin name: Atrichoseris platyphylla


Height: 1-2.5 feet tall.

Description: Heads of white to purple-tinged flowers 1-inch across appear to hover in the air because the stems that support them are tall and thin. Flowers are fragrant and readily withering.

Leaf: Brown spotted, flat and widely oval in shape, leaves grow in a rosette hugging the ground.

Range: Desert.

Habitat: Desert valleys and washes

Elevation: < 1400 m.

Flowering time: Mostly Mar–May

Notes: Annual herb that is native to California to Utah, Arizona. If seen from a distance, the flowers seem to be ghostly and floating, hence the common name gravel ghost.

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