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Linanthus pungens (Granite prickly phlox)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Linanthus pungens

Linanthus pungens (Torr.) J.M. Porter & L.A. Johnson

Granite Prickly Phlox, Granite Gilia

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Synonym(s): Gilia hallii, Gilia pungens, Gilia pungens var. hookeri, Leptodactylon hazeliae, Leptodactylon lilacinum, Leptodactylon pungens, Leptodactylon pungens ssp. brevifolium, Leptodactylon pungens ssp. eupungens, Leptodactylon pungens ssp. hallii, Leptodactylon pungens ssp. hazeliae, Leptodactylon pungens ssp. hookeri, Leptodactylon pungens ssp. pulchriflorum, Leptodactylon pungens ssp. squarrosum, Leptodactylon pungens var. hallii, Leptodactylon pungens var. hookeri

USDA Symbol: LIPU11

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Open-branched shrub; stems woody at base.
Leaves: alternate above, opposite below; palmately parted or divided, minutely spine-tipped; rigid, flat against stems; in clusters.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MD , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: British Columbia south to California and west to Montana and New Mexico.
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky areas to tree line, plains, slopes, cliffs, mixed shrub communities, pinyon-juniper to Ponderosa Pine woods.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low


Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 37 - Calscape (2019) California Native Plant Society
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-04-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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