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Acanthomintha ilicifolia

Acanthomintha ilicifolia (A. Gray) A. Gray

San Diego Thorn-mint, San Diego Thornmint, San Diego Thorn Mint

Lamiaceae (Mint family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 6 inches tall.
Fruit: Nutlets.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: White, occasionally tinged rose or lavender.


Native Distribution: Known in North America only in California where it is listed as endangered.
Native Habitat: Vernal pools, clay depressions on mesas, chaparral slopes, coastal-sage scrub.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered Status

USFWS Species Profile: Q00E
Status: Threatened
Historic Range: U.S.A. (CA), Mexico
Critical Habitat: 17.96(a)
Special Rules: N/A
This information is derived from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serrvice Environmental Conservation Online System.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley

Additional resources

USDA: Find Acanthomintha ilicifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Acanthomintha ilicifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Acanthomintha ilicifolia


Record Modified: 2021-05-14
Research By: CBR

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