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Plant of the Month - Common Fiddleneck
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|Common Name(s):||Common Fiddleneck|
|Scientific Name:||Amsinckia intermedia|
|Size:||up to 36 inches|
|Habitat:||grassy hillsides, burned areas|
|Blooms:||February to May|
|Fire Response:||Fire Follower|
Common Fiddleneck is a slender bristled annual with bright yellow flowers that coil into a fiddleneck shape.
Flowers are in bloom from February to May. Their coil ranges from 2-8 inches long. The flowers are yellow or yellow-orange; a closer look will reveal orange blotches (if there are no orange blotches, you may be looking at a closely related plant, Amsinckia menziesii). The plant has long slender leaves up to 6 inches long. Bristles cover the green parts of this plant, especially on the stems; in spite of this it is attractive to cattle for a food source.
The genus name Amsinckia comes from a 19th century botanic garden frequent visitor from Hamburg named Wilhelm Amsinck. The species name intermedia means it is halfway between a pair of related species.
Contributed by Liz Baumann
Common Fiddleneck - Originally featured: January 2013
Last modified: May 12 2017 16:40:55.
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