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Rafinesquia californica

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About California Plumseed (Rafinesquia californica) Rafinesquia californica is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by the common names California chicory and California plumeseed. It looks like a weedy daisy, bearing heads of elegant white-petaled flowers. The petals are often striped with lavender or pink on the undersides, a feature most noticeable when the flowers are closed. Each fruit has a pappus of stiff white or light brown hairs. It is among the first plants to sprout up in areas recently cleared by fire. Indeed, the seeds germinate more readily in the presence of burned wood. It is native to most of the western United States as far north as Oregon.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
5 ft (1.5 m)

Flower Color
Pink, White, Lavender

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Shrubby slopes, open woods, deserts


Elevation ?
0' - 6527'

Annual Precip. ?
3.5" - 67.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 3.00"

Coldest Month ?
31.9° F - 59.2° F

Hottest Month ?
54.3° F - 87.8° F

Humidity ?
0.32 vpd - 38.56 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
California Plumeseed, California Chicory

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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