Common Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii)

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A carefree annual plant for tough, dry locations!

Common Fiddleneck is a rather unusual plant that grows well in dry areas with low-nutrient soils. Throughout the spring, unique yellow flowers unfurl along "fiddlenecks". As the flowers unfurl, the plant grows and spreads its fuzzy leaves.

The yellow-orange flowers are beloved by native bees and other pollinators, and they are fun to watch unfurl throughout the spring.

Common Fiddleneck reseeds itself well in bare soil, and will return in following years.

Photo Credit: By Joe Decruyenaere - Amsinckia menziesii (Menzies' fiddleneck), CC BY-SA 2.0,

Annual (one year)
Full sun
Moist to dry
Up to about 1.5 feet
Yellow-orange "fiddlenecks"
Bloom Period:
Mid spring to mid summer
Fuzzy narrow green leaves
Native Range:
Southern BC to northern Mexico, East to the Rockies
Typical Habitat:
Meadows, disturbed sites, dry areas