Herbs and Other Plant Species of the World's Boreal Forests

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Mentzelia laevicaulis
Northern Blazing Star
Loasaceae (Stick-leaf Family)

A stout-stemmed herb, growing to a height of 30 - 90cm.

Northern Blazing Star Description

Distinguishing Features - Leaves: 10 - 30 cm long, narrowly lanceolate, very rough, edges have large, irregular teeth. Flowers: large, star-like, lemony-yellow, on branches at the top of a stout, satiny white stem; 2.5 - 12.5 cm wide; 5 petals, lanceolate; stamens numerous, long, with 1 between each pair of petals having a broad, petal-like stalk.


Native to southeastern British Columbia to California; east along Canada-U.S. border region to Montana; on gravelly or sandy slopes and plains, mostly in arid regions; also interior mountains and lowlands.


Mentzelia are primarily a western North American plant. They are often called "Stick-leaf" because the barbed leaves cling easily to clothing.

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