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Cardionema ramosissimum

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About Sandcarpet (Cardionema ramosissimum) Cardionema ramosissimum is a beach-dwelling plant of the pink family, Caryophyllaceae, which is known by the common name sandcarpet. This is a flat or clumping mat-forming perennial plant which grows along the coastline of western North America, as well as Chile. >From a taproot it extends many petite to sprawling stems up to 30 centimeters long and covered in very tiny leaves, which are about a centimeter long and needlelike. Filling in the spaces between the spine-shaped leaves are long stipules. The plant bears tiny woolly flowers. This thick plant forms a blanket on the sand and can be used for erosion control on beaches.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1 ft (0.3 m)

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Sandy beaches and hills, dunes, bluffs


Elevation ?
-2' - 4574'

Annual Precip. ?
9.4" - 103.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 3.35"

Coldest Month ?
39.9° F - 56.6° F

Hottest Month ?
56.9° F - 77.8° F

Humidity ?
0.32 vpd - 23.17 vpd


Landscaping Information
Propagation ?
For propagating by seed: No treatment.

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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