Gravel Ghost (Atrichoseris platyphylla)

Gravel Ghost (Atrichoseris platyphylla)

Atrichoseris is a monotypic genus containing the single species Atrichoseris platyphylla, which is known by the common names tobacco weed, parachute plant, and gravel ghost. This plant, a member of the daisy family, is native to the desert southwest of the United States. It produces a low basal rosette of rounded leaves patterned with gray-green and purple patches at ground level. It sends up a weedy-looking thin branching stem topped with a number of attractive, fragrant white or pink-tinged flowers, the layered ray florets rectangular and toothed.

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