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Navarretia hamata

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About Hooked Navarretia (Navarretia hamata) Navarretia hamata is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common name hooked pincushionplant. It is native to the coastal mountains and valleys of California as far north as the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as Baja California. It is often a member of the chaparral flora. It is a hairy, hairy annual herb producing a spreading, erect stem up to about 30 centimeters tall. It usually has a strong skunky scent. The leaves are divided into narrow, sharp-tipped lobes, the ones at the tip of each leaf hooked. The flower cluster is a head filled with leaflike green leafs. The pink or purple flowers are tubular with five-lobed corollas and measure up to 1.5 centimeters long.

The plant has tiny but quite beautiful pink, blue and yellow flowers, the bloom for about a month at the end of the rainy season in southern california.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
3.1 - 11.8 in (7.9 - 30 cm)

Max. Width
12 in (30cm)

Mounding, Spreading

Fragrant - Unpleasant

Growth Rate

Summer Deciduous

Hairy spikes

Flower Color
Pink, Purple, Green

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry, sandy or rocky places, often disturbed


Elevation ?
22' - 7631'

Annual Precip. ?
8.8" - 59.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 2.42"

Coldest Month ?
36.0° F - 57.2° F

Hottest Month ?
58.8° F - 80.2° F

Humidity ?
0.45 vpd - 28.61 vpd

Soil Description

Soil Texture
Loamy Sand, Sand, Sandy Clay


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 20 - 30° F

Companion Plants
Rhamnus crocea, California Buckwheat, California sagebrush

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low, Very Low
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Never or Almost Never Used

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
No Summer Water
Keep moist


Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Hooked Pincushionplant

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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