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Mountain Misery
Chamaebatia foliolosa
About Mountain Misery (Chamaebatia foliolosa) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Chamaebatia foliolosa is a species of aromatic evergreen shrub in the rose family known by the common names mountain misery and bearclover. The Miwok tribe's name for this plant was kit-kit-dizze. This shrub is endemic to the mountains of California, where it grows in coniferous forests. The stems are covered in dark brown bark. The foliage is made up of 3-pinnate leaves, meaning the frondlike leaves are made up of leaflets which in turn are made up of smaller leaflets which are also subdivided. The fernlike leaves are up to 10 centimeters long, frilly in appearance and dotted with sticky glands. The roselike flowers have rounded white petals and yellow centers ringed with many stamens.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

5 ft tall


Flower Color
Flower Color
Yellow, White

Landscaping Information
Shade, Part Shade

Common uses
Common uses

For propagating by seed: 3 mos. stratification. Easily propagated from underground stems.

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 2, 3, 7*, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Coniferous forests

Annual Precipitation: 12.4" - 88.5", Summer Precipitation: 0.24" - 3.05", Coldest Month: 23.5" - 52.0", Hottest Month: 47.2" - 79.3", Humidity: 0.99" - 25.11", Elevation: 58" - 10807"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Bearclover, Sierran Mountain Misery

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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