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Cushion Cryptantha
Cryptantha circumscissa
About Cushion Cryptantha (Cryptantha circumscissa) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Cryptantha circumscissa is a species of flowering plant in the borage family known by the common name cushion cryptantha. It is native to western North America from Washington to Baja California to Colorado, where it grows in many types of habitat from mountains to desert. It is also known from Argentina. This is an annual herb producing a short, bristly, multibranched stem tangled into a mat no more than 10 centimeters tall. It grows from a red taproot which dries purple. The leaves are up to 1. 5 centimeters long, linear to widely lance-shaped, and densely hairy to bristly. The inflorescence is a length of developing fruits with a dense cluster of up to 5 flowers at the tip. The flower has a five-lobed white corolla with yellow appendages at the top of its tube.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.24 - 3.1 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 1 likely * ) SHOW ALL
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Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 2.9" - 57.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 3.45", Coldest Month: 18.4" - 59.2", Hottest Month: 41.9" - 87.8", Humidity: 0.98" - 40.58", Elevation: 191" - 11982"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Cushion Catseye, Matted Cryptantha

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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