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Leptodactylon californicum (California prickly phlox)
Pisapia, Robert J.

Leptodactylon californicum

Leptodactylon californicum Hook. & Arn.

California Prickly Phlox

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)


USDA Symbol: LECA7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Slightly woody stems covered with small, prickly leaves, form a loose clump with pink flowers in small clusters near the top.

The genus name refers to the finger-like division of the leaves. A more widespread species, Granite Gilia (L. pungens), from southern British Columbia to Baja California, eastward to New Mexico, western Nebraska, and Montana, is 4-16 (10-40 cm) tall.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


Native Distribution: Southern California.
Native Habitat: Dry places and rocky ridges in brush.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Additional resources

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


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

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