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Scorpionweed

Natural History

Scorpionweed is a member of the waterleaf family. The plant grows to a height of about 18 inches and has bristly stems and hairy, dark green leaves which grow to 5 inches long. Scorpionweed grows along roadsides and in desert flats and washes at elevations below 4000 feet.
 

Scorpionweed gets its name from its curling flowerhead, which resembles a scorpions tail.

The plant blooms between February and May and produces violet, bell shaped flowers which have 5 rounded petals to inch wide.

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