Machaeranthera tortifolia
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Machaeranthera tortifolia

Mojave aster

  family compositae 
  genus machaeranthera 

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Identification
Genus  Machaeranthera Species  tortifolia Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Mojave aster Family  COMPOSITAE Specimen number  S11932 Data source  HtZn p138
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Biennial,Perennial Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Groundcover Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  6" - 1' Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Well drained Optimal soil texture  Rocky Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 07a-09b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-05 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Machaeranthera tortifolia can survive cold winter nights that go as low as 0 Fahrenheit. Mojave aster needs summer days with high heat. This plant does well in rocky soils. Full sun is best for growing this species. It needs soil that is well drained.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Self sows Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
 
Nutrition
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes  Machaeranthera tortifolia easily self-sows from last year's seeds.
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Leaves: Machaeranthera tortifolia has deeply cut sharply pointed leaves. Flowers: Mojave aster has daisy like flowers. The blossoms are usually either blue or violet, with an accent in gold.

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