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Minuartia douglasii

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About Sandwort (Minuartia douglasii) Minuartia douglasii is a species of flowering plant in the pink family known by the common name Douglas' stitchwort. It is native to the chaparral and oak woodlands in much of California, southern Oregon, and parts of Arizona. It is an annual herb growing to a maximum height of 30 centimeters with a slender green or purplish stem which sometimes has thin branches. The threadlike, curling leaves may be up to 4 centimeters long but are under a millimeter wide. The small flower has five white petals each a few millimeters long and smaller, ribbed sepals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1 ft (0.3 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky and sandy slopes and flats

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
10' - 11310'

Annual Precip. ?
5.6" - 117.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 3.43"

Coldest Month ?
23.9° F - 59.1° F

Hottest Month ?
44.4° F - 84.4° F

Humidity ?
0.35 vpd - 37.62 vpd


Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 6, 7*, 8, 9*, 10, 11, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Douglas' Stitchwort

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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