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Leptosiphon androsaceus

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About False Baby Stars (Leptosiphon androsaceus) Leptosiphon androsaceus (syn. Linanthus androsaceus) is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common name false babystars. It is native to California, where it grows wild in the chaparral, woodland, and other habitat in and around the San Francisco Bay Area and Coast Ranges to the north. It is also kept as an ornamental plant for its small, colorful blooms. This is an annual herb producing a hairy stem up to about 30 centimeters long, often growing erect. The oppositely arranged leaves are each divided into lobes up to 3 centimeters long and oval in shape to linear to needlelike. The tip of the stem is occupied by an flower cluster of flowers one to three centimeters wide, usually pink or lavender with yellow or white throats. This plant is similar to its relative, true babystars (Leptosiphon bicolor).
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.16 - 1 ft (0.05 - 0.3 m)

Flower Color
Pink, Yellow, Lavender

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open spaces, meadows

Sun, Part Shade, Shade

Elevation ?
-122' - 9032'

Annual Precip. ?
5.8" - 133.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 3.85"

Coldest Month ?
31.3° F - 56.0° F

Hottest Month ?
57.6° F - 80.9° F

Humidity ?
0.23 vpd - 29.30 vpd

Landscaping Information
Other Names
Botanical Names
Linanthus androsaceus

Common Names
False Babystars

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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