Desert Sunflower (Geraea canescens) - TheBackCountry

Geraea canescens iscommonly known as the desert sunflower, hairy desert sunflower, or desert gold.

It is native to western North America, specifically Arizona, Nevada, California, and Utah. A drought-resistant annual plant, it can be found in the California, Mojave, and Sonoran Deserts. It grows from −130 to 3,700 ft (−40 to 1,130 m) in sandy desert soil in the company of creosote bush (Larrea tridentata).

"Geraea" in its scientific name comes from the Greek geraios ("old man"), referring to the white hairs on the fruits.

The flowers attract bees and birds, and the seeds are eaten by birds and rodents.

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