Our fuzzy mystery seeds from last week apparently stumped everyone, probably because they are fairly rare and localized. They were from a desert rosemallow or Coulter’s hibiscus, Hibiscus coulteri.
The flowers produce unique hairy or sericeous seeds. It should not be surprising to learn that desert rosemallows are relatives of other plants with fiber-covered seeds, the cottons. The flowers resemble those of Thurber’s cotton and commercial cotton.
This is also a good plant to highlight during pollinator week because it attracts bees.
Have you spotted any interesting seeds this week?