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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Leptosiphon androsaceus Benth.
USDA Symbol: LEAN19
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
The variable annual is mostly erect with simple or few-branched stems from 2-12 in. in height. Leaves are scarce and palmately divided into linear segments. Rose, lilac, white or yellowish, phlox-like flowers occur in dense, terminal heads.
The many Leptosiphon species are mostly slender, perky little annuals, commonly forked, with opposite, palmately divided, prickly leaves, often clustered near the top, and colorful flowers that seem almost too big for the plant. Nearly 40 species occur in California alone, but there are few elsewhere.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
CA Native Distribution:
Most of CA Native Habitat:
Grassy slopes; open oak woods; dry bluffs & hills; below 3500 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Because this is such a variable species, it is especiallly important to match plant material with the appropriate site.
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff