Achyrachaena mollis

Blow Wives

Plant Type: Annual
Sun: Sun
Drainage: Adaptable
Water: Occasional
Height X Width: 1' X 1'
Santa Clara County Local: Yes
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Blow wives are found throughout California’s valleys and lower foothills, blooming in the spring in sunny open areas. It grows as a short, rather unspectacular plant through flowering. As blow wives set seed they display silky white scales which aid in seed dispersal. These appear to be white papery flowers against the dry background of late spring grasslands. Blow wives can become naturalized in the garden, that is, the seed can produce volunteers in the garden for years to come. Blow wives are native to Santa Clara County


Deer Resistant: No
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous