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Giant Spanish-needle
Palafoxia arida var. gigantea
About Giant Spanish-needle (Palafoxia arida var. gigantea) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Palafoxia arida var. gigantea, (also =Palafoxia linearis) is a species of flowering plant from the sunflower family (Asteraceae), genus Palafoxia. It is found in the western and northwestern Sonoran Desert of Arizona and northwestern Mexico, states of Sonora and Baja California, and the southern Colorado Desert of southeastern California. The erect, slender stem grows 30-60 cm tall, branching in the lower half and is sparsely leaved. It is glandular and hairy on the upper parts. It has 2-5 inch slender leaves, looking similar to the graphic of Small Palafox, P. callosa pictured here: Palafoxia, of stem, leaves, and flowers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Annual herb

1 - 2 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 3 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 2.8" - 5.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.64" - 1.00", Coldest Month: 58.0" - 60.7", Hottest Month: 86.6" - 88.2", Humidity: 8.51" - 39.17", Elevation: 11" - 752"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Giant Spanish Needle

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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