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Centaurium calycosum

image © by Michael Plagens

Photo taken at Mesquite Wash, about 60 km east of Phoenix, Maricopa Co., Arizona.

FLOWERS: Bright pink-magenta star shaped flowers with 5 or 6 petals appear late spring/early summer.

PERENNIAL HERB: Grows in wet soil at rivers, creeks and springs

LEAVES: Lance shaped and somewhat grass-like.

STEMS: 20 to 40 cm tall.

RANGE: Rare in the Sonoran Desert: restricted to permanently wet soil such as cienegas

Gentianaceae -- Gentian Family

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