Loasaceae
Mentzelia laevicaulis

Blazing Star

Erect whitish stem, widely branching. Stems and leaves coated with stiff barbed hairs. Leaves lobed. Basal leaves 7–10 in.; stem leaves 1–4 in. Flowers at stem tips with 1 green bract per bright yellow flower, 5 sepals shorter and narrower than the five l in. long petals, many stamens at different lengths. Grows in sandy, gravelly, or rocky slopes in washes or roadsides below 9000 ft.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Biennial, Perennial
  • Height: 9--40 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, Dry Rocky Sites
  • Found In: Steens, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes