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Pringle Manzanita
Arctostaphylos pringlei

About Pringle Manzanita (Arctostaphylos pringlei) Mexican Manzanita is a uncommon native shrub in the Ericaceae (Heath) family that grows in Southern California, primarily in the Peninsular Range region. It tends to grow as part of the chaparral community on rocky slopes, at elevations from 3900-7900 feet. It has gray green leaves with typical urn-shaped pink or white flowers. It is great for a bird garden. There is one recognized subspecies, ssp. drupacea, which is known as Pink-bracted Manzanita or Idyllwild Manzanita.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
16 ft (4.9 m)

Max. Width
12 ft (3.7 m)


Flower Color
Pink, White

Flowering Season
Spring, Winter

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky slopes at middle elevations in the Peninsular Range

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
310' - 10074'

Annual Precip. ?
10.3" - 39.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.24" - 3.21"

Coldest Month ?
27.7° F - 55.3° F

Hottest Month ?
53.5° F - 80.8° F

Humidity ?
2.29 vpd - 30.96 vpd

Soil Description
Rocky, gravelly

Soil PH
5.5 - 7.5


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 5° F

Wildlife Attracted
Various insects and hummingbirds are attracted to the flowers. Other birds are attracted to the fruits.

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

Seldom Used

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Organic with Rocks

Propagation ?
By seed or cuttings

Common uses
Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Idyllwild Manzanita, Pink-bracted Manzanita

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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