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Pickeringia montana

Pickeringia montana Nutt. ex Torr. & A. Gray

Chaparral Pea, Montana Chaparral Pea

Fabaceae (Pea Family)


USDA Symbol: PIMO5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A spiny dark green shrub, often forming impenetrable thickets, with bright reddish-lavender "pea flowers" near the ends of branches.

The only species in a genus confined to California, Chaparral Pea contributes to the state’s unique flora. Rarely reproducing from seed, it grows new stems from roots that spread, especially after fires.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Native Distribution: Central to southern California.
Native Habitat: Dry hillsides in chaparral.

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


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

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