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Eriodictyon lobbii

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About Woolly Nama (Eriodictyon lobbii) Nama lobbii is a species of flowering plant in the borage family known by the common names Lobb's fiddleleaf and woolly nama. It is native to the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade Range chain in California and adjacent sections of Nevada and Oregon. It grows in high mountain habitat in dry areas on slopes and ridges. It is a rhizomatous perennial herb forming dense mats of hairy hairy to woolly herbage usually spreading more than a meter wide. The sticky, hairy oval leaves are up to six centimeters long, occurring alternately along the branching stems and in clusters at stem forks. The funnel-shaped flowers are just under a centimeter wide with five rounded lobes. They are deep pink to purple in color. The plant sends out wide root networks which can grow up to five meters in length per year and sprout new plants. The plant has been recommended for use as groundcover in revegetation projects in its native mountain ranges.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.5 - 1.6 ft (0.15 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry, sandy or slopes and ridges

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
162' - 7575'

Annual Precip. ?
23.5" - 95.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.55" - 2.25"

Coldest Month ?
29.3° F - 48.8° F

Hottest Month ?
50.9° F - 74.9° F

Humidity ?
0.92 vpd - 22.79 vpd


Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 7, 14, 15, 16, 18

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Lobb's Fiddleleaf

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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