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PlantFiles: Small-flowered Fiddleneck, Rancher's Fireweed
Amsinckia menziesii

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Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Amsinckia (am-SING-kee-uh) (Info)
Species: menziesii (menz-ESS-ee-eye) (Info)

Category:
Annuals

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Profile:

No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral frostweed On Nov 22, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Small-flowered Fiddleneck, Rancher's Fireweed Amsinckia menziesii is native to Texas and other States.

Neutral melody On Feb 15, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

The common name 'fiddleneck' refers to the coiled tip of the flower stalk.Common along roadsides, fields and other dry places from WA and ID south to CA and AZ, although it has been introduced into other areas successfully also.



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