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Owl Clover

Natural History

Owl Clover is a member of the snapdragon family. The plant grows at elevations between 1500 - 4500 feet in open desert areas. They typically grow to about 6 - 8 inches in height and have green, brushy leaves which are about an inch in length. The Owl Clover blooms in the spring, producing a tiny yellow flower which is surrounded by brushy, purple bracts (bracts are modified leaves which grow at the base of the flowers). The plant is called Escobita in Spanish, which means 'little broom'.

The roots of the Owl Clover are partly parasitic on the roots of other desert wildflowers.

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