With Halloween just a couple of days away, we’ve got spooky flowers on our minds here at Fun Flower Facts. We like to think of ourselves as a blog with a special interest in flowers and plants with fascinating names or characteristics. In the past, we have profiled the Dragon’s Blood Tree, Bat Face Cuphea, Ghost Orchids, the Ghost Plant, and so much more! So if you like that kind of thing, you should definitely visit our blog often!
Today’s blog post is all about the Ghost Flower or Mohavea Confertiflora (pronounced mo-HA-vee-a kon-fer-ti-FLOR-a), a desert plant native to Southern California and Northwest Mexico in the USA. It is a member of the Figwort family (Scrophulariaceae). This plant thrives in poor, sandy or gravelly soils, specifically in desert washes and rocky slopes below 2,500 feet. The Ghost Flower is an annual, that will only bloom for one season.
The name Ghost Flower refers to the translucent white or slightly yellow, cup-shaped flowers that bloom from about February to April. The lower petal has a reddish-purple spot, with two bright yellow stamens curving upwards. The flowers also have distinctive pink or purple spots on inside the petals. Flower heads are about 1 to 1.5 inches wide. The plant is about 4-16 inches tall. The leaves are long, light green and hairy; they’re about 4 inches long.
Interestingly, the flowers do not produce nectar.