Mystery Flower ID Help?

hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)March 23, 2011

One of my friends who has a lovely garden dedicated to her sister Dale, who passed away from lung cancer sent me a few photos of a lovely little yellow flower that we're having a hard time identifying. I think it's in the Cosmos family. At least, that's what the foliage sure looks like, but it has such a fancy double flower, I'm not sure if that's the right genus or not. Here are 3 photos, and sure would love some help on this:

Patty S.

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borderbarb

The bud and foliage reminds me of Bachelor's Button [Coneflower] ... but have never seen the yellow .... did a search on Bachelor's Button and it led me to
Asteraceae ... which BB is in the family ... and there are pictures that seem similar to the one you show.
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Or maybe SWEET SULTAN [is the flower fragrant?]

Here is a link that might be useful: Asteraceae pictures

    Bookmark   March 23, 2011 at 9:56PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

Barb, my friend figured it out with the help of a friend of hers who is a very sharp biologist (and married to a sharp biologist!) It is Desert Dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata), a California desert native. Very cool little flower!

Patty S.

Here is a link that might be useful: Desert Dandelion

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 12:24AM
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