Desert Chicory

Rafinesquia neomexicana

desert chicory

The Desert Chicory is a weak-stemmed member of the Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) is smooth, gray-green in color and grows 6 to 20 inches tall. Sparsely leafed; leaves around the base are 2 to 8 inches long, with upper leaves much smaller.


Mojave and Sonoran deserts from southeastern California and southern Texas to the tip of west Texas and south throughout Arizona, New Mexico and into northern Mexico.


Gravel and sandy desert flats, often in the shade accompanying shrubs from 200 to 3,000 feet.


White flower heads, 1 to 1-1/2 inches wide, composed of rays as long as 5/8 of an inch, bloom March through May.


desert chicory

-- A.R Royo



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