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Mystery Flower ID Help?

Posted by hoosierquilt z10a/23 Vista Calif (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 23, 11 at 18:10

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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RE: Mystery Flower ID Help?

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.
Or maybe SWEET SULTAN [is the flower fragrant?]

Here is a link that might be useful: Asteraceae pictures

RE: Mystery Flower ID Help?

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

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