Mentzelia multiflora, Adonis Blazingstar
Scientific Name: Mentzelia multiflora
Common Name: Adonis Blazingstar
Also Called: Stickleaf, Adonis Blazing Star, Adonis Stickleaf, Desert Blazingstar, Manyflowered Mentzelia, Prairie Stickleaf (Spanish: Pega-pega, Rama Pegajosa, Buena Mujer)
Family: Loasaceae or Blazingstar Family
Duration: Biennial or perennial.
Size: Up to 2½ feet or more.
Growth Form: Forb/herb; erect, multiple branches along their entire length; stems shiny white, stems sticky hairy (barbed hairs).
Leaves: Green; basal leaves large, up to 6 inches long and just over 1 inch wide; leaves narrowly elliptic to lanceolate; margins toothed or lobed, sometimes pinnatifid; leaves variable, very narrow leaves approaching entire and upper leaves commonly with clasping bases or with clasping basal lobes.
Flower Color: Yellow, golden yellow, rarely white; showy up to 2 inches across; cymose inflorescence; flowers (pedicellate); usually with 10 petals that open late in the day and remained closed through the next morning; if present bracts are green and linear to lanceolate and generally entire; fruit a cylindric capsule.
Flowering Season: March to October; may flower year-round at lower elevations; March to June in California; April to August in Texas.
Elevation: 100 to 7,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Open sunny areas in dry, sandy well-drained soil, gravel bars, roadsides, creosote-bush scrub communities.
Recorded Range: Adonis Blazingstar is found in the southwest United State in AZ, CA, CO, NM, TX, UT and in NE, OK and WY. The largest populations occur in Arizona where it is found throughout most of the state. It is also native to northwest Mexico.
North America & US County Distribution Map for Mentzelia multiflora.
U.S. Weed Information: No information available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available.
Wetland Indicator: No information available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available.
Genus Information: In North America there are 73 species and 73 accepted taxa overall for Mentzelia. Worldwide, The Plant List includes 88 accepted species names and a further 52 of infraspecific rank for the genus.
In the Southwestern United States: Arizona has 28 species of genus, California has 29 species, Nevada has 26 species, New Mexico has 20 species, Texas has 17 species, Utah has 21 species. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.
3 varieties in Mentzelia multiflora;
Mentzelia multiflora var. integra, Adonis Blazingstar (AZ, NM, UT);
Mentzelia multiflora var. longiloba, Adonis Blazingstar (AZ, CA, UT);
Mentzelia multiflora var. multiflora, Adonis Blazingstar (Recorded Range above).
Comments: Adonis Blazingstar is common in Arizona where it is found in relatively lower elevations. The leaves are covered with fine minutely barbed hairs which quickly stick to your clothes. There are many species in Mentzelia in North America and they are difficult to identify.
Adonis Blazingstar is cultivated as a landscape plant in some areas.
Mentzelia multiflora has been used for a variety of medicinal purposes by southwestern United States indigenous peoples.
See all ethno-botanical uses at Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.