Emmenanthe penduliflora – Whisperingbells

Emmenanthe penduliflora - Whisperingbells, Whispering Bells

Emmenanthe penduliflora - Whisperingbells, Whispering Bells

Plant Name

Scientific Name: Emmenanthe penduliflora

Common Names: Whisperingbells, Whispering Bells

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual

Growth Habit: Herb/Forb

Arizona Native Status: Native

Habitat: Desert, Upland

Flower Color: Pale yellow

Flowering Season: Spring

Height: To 20 inches (51 cm) tall

Description: The nodding, bell-shaped flowers are 1/2 inch (1.3 cm) long and have 5 rounded lobes. The pendent flower corollas dry to a cream color on the plant and make papery, whispering sounds in the wind. The leaves are green, alternate, narrow, and pinnately lobed with saw-toothed edges. The stems and leaves are covered in glandular hairs.


Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Hydrophyllaceae – Waterleaf family
Genus: Emmenanthe Benth. – whisperingbells
Species: Emmenanthe penduliflora Benth. – whisperingbells

More About This Plant

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