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Chaetopappa ericoides
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Rose Heath
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Chaetopappa ericoides

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About Rose Heath (Chaetopappa ericoides) Chaetopappa ericoides is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by the common names rose heath and heath-leaved chaetopappa. It is native to the southwestern and much of the midwestern United States and northern Mexico. This is a petite perennial herb reaching heights between 5 and 15 centimeters. The hairy, hairy stem grows from a woody caudex and branches several times. The green leaves are up to about a centimeter long and are hairy and bristly. The tiny flower head is 1 or 2 centimeters wide with white or pinkish ray florets around a center of yellow disc florets. Each head has a base of pointed purple-tipped greenish phyllaries. The fruit is a hairy, round achene with a bristly white pappus.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.9 - 6 in (4.8 - 15.2 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry slopes


Elevation ?
1723' - 10288'

Annual Precip. ?
3.8" - 20.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.31" - 3.11"

Coldest Month ?
24.4° F - 51.9° F

Hottest Month ?
46.7° F - 82.4° F

Humidity ?
1.71 vpd - 38.57 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Heath-leaved Chaetopappa

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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