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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Gambelia speciosa Nutt.
Showy greenbright, Island snapdragon
Synonym(s): Galvezia speciosa
USDA Symbol: GASP10
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Almost a subshrub, being green-woody, this much-branched plant reaches 3 ft. in height and up to 5 ft. in width. It often trails out nearly flat, making an excellent ground cover. Triplets of leaves are bright green. Its best feature is the bright red, snapdragon-shaped flowers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
Channel Islands, CA Native Habitat:
Rocky bluffs & canyons
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Relatively drought tolerant but appearance benefits from occasional summer waterings.
Propagate with stem
cuttings or seed. Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
Seeds germinate without treatment. Commercially Avail:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff