Plumbaginaceae (Leadwort Family)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
This plant forms dense tussocks of grayish-green, linear leaves and pubescent flower
stems. Up to 12 in. tall, the flower
stems terminate in a small, round head
of pink to lavender flowers. A low plant with a basal cluster of many narrow leaves and, atop a slender, leafless stalk, a globe of pale lilac flowers, beneath which are several broad, purplish, papery bracts. Tussocks of dried leaves are persistent.
It resembles a small onion, but the two families are only related in that they are flowering plants.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Root Type: Tap Leaf:
Dark Green Flower:
Brown Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
, WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
Circumpolar, s. in the U.S. from the Aleutian Islands along the Pacific Coast to s. CA Native Habitat:
Gravelly tundra; coastal cliffs & beaches
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: The variety californica occurs from Vancouver Island through California
BenefitUse Wildlife: Bees
Conspicuous Flowers: yes