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Common Cryptantha
Cryptantha intermedia
About Common Cryptantha (Cryptantha intermedia) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant Cryptantha intermedia is a species of wildflower in the borage family known by several common names, including common cryptantha, Clearwater cryptantha, and nievitas. This plant is native to sagebrush scrub and chaparral plant communities, and woodlands and forests of western North America from British Columbia to Baja California. Cryptantha intermedia is an annual plant with a rough, hairy, branching stem reaching a maximum of half a meter in height. It grows from a mostly basal clump of hairy leaves one to several centimeters long. The erect stems are topped with one or more small flowers, each about a centimeter wide and bright white, sometimes with yellow coloration in the throat.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

0.33 - 1.6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Yellow

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 1 likely * ) SHOW ALL
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Ethmia minutaEthmia minuta
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Ethmia brevistrigaEthmia brevistriga

Landscaping Information

Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 3.0" - 94.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.95", Coldest Month: 27.9" - 59.9", Hottest Month: 51.4" - 88.8", Humidity: 0.41" - 39.84", Elevation: -15" - 8462"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Clearwater Catseye, Clearwater Cryptantha, Nievitas

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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