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Chorizanthe stellulata
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Starlite Spineflower
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Chorizanthe stellulata

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About Starlite Spineflower (Chorizanthe stellulata) Chorizanthe stellulata is a species of flowering plant in the buckwheat family known by the common name starlet spineflower. It is endemic to California, where it grows in the dry woodlands of the low mountains and foothills along the central part of the state, such as the Sierra Nevada foothills. The plant takes an erect form, reaching up to 30 centimeters tall. The leaves are located at the base of the plant, and there is also a whorl of leaves at mid-stem. The inflorescence is a dense cluster of flowers, each flower surrounded by hairy, bristly white bracts tipped with hooked awns. The flower is 4 or 5 millimeters long and white to pink in color.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1.9 - 11.8 in (4.8 - 30 cm)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
92' - 5225'

Annual Precip. ?
13.2" - 58.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.24" - 2.13"

Coldest Month ?
40.8° F - 51.9° F

Hottest Month ?
61.2° F - 77.3° F

Humidity ?
1.91 vpd - 26.50 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Starlet Spineflower

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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