Latin name: Mentzelia laevicaulis (Hook.) Torrey & A. Gray
Pronunciation: ment-ZEE-lee-a lee-vi-KAW-lis
Common name: Giant blazing star
Family: Loasaceae (Loasa)
Habitat: Sandy to rocky slopes, washes, roadcuts, other plant communities mostly away from the coast throughout California to an elevation of some 8500'
Blooming period: June to October
Name derivations: 1) Mentzelia 2) laevicaulis