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Child's Blue-eyed Mary
Collinsia childii

About Child's Blue-eyed Mary (Collinsia childii) Collinsia childii is a species of flowering plant in the plantain family known by the common name Child's blue-eyed Mary. It is endemic to California, where it grows in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and the Southern Inner and Outer California Coast Range. It grows in woodland and shady forest habitat. Collinsia childii is an annual herb producing an erect, branching stem up to about 35 centimeters tall coated in glandular hairs. The leaves are oblong, flat, and sometimes slightly toothed. The hairy gland-covered inflorescence bears flowers on erect pedicels, with several emerging from the leaf axils at interrupted nodes. Each flower has two upper lobes and three lower lobes and is pale lavender in color. The flower is under a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.26 - 1.2 ft (0.08 - 0.37 m)

Flower Color
Lavender, White

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
423' - 10085'

Annual Precip. ?
12.6" - 52.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.19" - 3.08"

Coldest Month ?
28.9° F - 52.6° F

Hottest Month ?
49.5° F - 77.3° F

Humidity ?
0.87 vpd - 26.02 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Child's Blue Eyed Mary

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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