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Scarlet Musk-Flower

Nyctaginia capitata


Scarlet Musk-Flower is an upright to sprawling annual reaching a length of 6 to 18 inches. The leaves are 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches long and have sticky hairs and smooth to wavy margins. The pink to dark red flowers are trumpet-shaped and 1 to 1 1/8 inches long. They have a strong musky odor, hence the name musk-flower. Scarlet Musk-Flower blooms from April to November.


It can be found growing in sandy, loamy or calcareous soils of the Edwards Plateau and South Texas Plains.


It prefers disturbed soil and is often found along roads in West Texas.

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Fort Stockton, Texas, USA

Spotted on Jun 1, 2008
Submitted on Feb 28, 2011

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