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Virgin River Cryptantha
Cryptantha virginensis
About Virgin River Cryptantha (Cryptantha virginensis) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Cryptantha virginensis is a species of wildflower in the borage family known by the common name Virgin River cryptantha. This is a small plant native to the southwestern United States (Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah) where it is a common plant in scrub and woodland. It is named for the Virgin River, a tributary of the Colorado River which runs through the region. This cryptantha is an annual or occasionally a perennial up to 40 centimeters in height. It is coated densely in long white hairs and bristles. The inflorescence is cylindrical or club-shaped, packed with tubular flowers with flat-faced corollas. The flower is usually bright white with yellow throat parts at the tube opening. The fruit is a rough, ridged nutlet.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb, Perennial herb

0.33 - 1.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 3.8" - 20.5", Summer Precipitation: 0.27" - 4.39", Coldest Month: 24.6" - 53.1", Hottest Month: 46.8" - 83.0", Humidity: 2.32" - 37.46", Elevation: 1774" - 10190"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Virgin River Catseye, Virgin Valley 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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