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Leptosiphon androsaceus (False babystars)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Leptosiphon androsaceus

Leptosiphon androsaceus Benth.

False Babystars

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Synonym(s): Linanthus androsaceus

USDA Symbol: LEAN19

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


Native Distribution: Most of CA
Native Habitat: Grassy slopes; open oak woods; dry bluffs & hills; below 3500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light 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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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