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Nama hispidum (Sand bells)
Fabre, Carl

Nama hispidum

Nama hispidum A. Gray

Sand Bells, Bristly Nama, Sand-bell

Hydrophyllaceae (Waterleaf Family)

Synonym(s): Nama foliosum, Nama hispidum var. mentzelii, Nama hispidum var. revolutum, Nama hispidum var. spathulatum, Nama tenue


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

In years when the rainfall is good, this ground-hugging annual, 4-6+ inches high, seems to cover the earth with purple, but in dry seasons it may have only a single blossom, almost as large as the rest of the plant. The leaves are 1/2 inch long and have a pungent odor. The funnel-shaped flowers grow in crowded clusters at the ends of the several stems. They open into 5 petal-like lobes, 1/2 inch across, purple on the outer part but white in the throat, with yellow stamens (248).


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall, often shorter.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AZ , CA , CO , MD , NM , NV , OK , TX , UT

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX


Bibref 328 - Wildflowers of Texas (2003) Ajilvsgi, Geyata.
Bibref 286 - Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country (1989) Enquist, M.

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Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-11
Research By: TWC Staff

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