14 May 08. Rosamond, CA. Copper Blazing Star; Mentzelia veatchiana;
Loasaceae (Loasa Family);
Description: This annual is also commonly known as Veatch's Blazing Star. It may be up to one and a half feet in height. Flowers are yellow, often with some orange at the bottom of each petal.
Habitat: Copper Blazing Star is found throughout the desert southwest from 1100 to 6500 feet in elevation.
Flowering Season: Flowers form from April to June.
Comments: Several species of Mentzelia are very similar in appearance to M. veatchiana. These include: M. congesta, M. montana, M. jonesii, M. eremophilia, and M. nitens.